Imagination Station is a non-profit 501C(3) organization and counts on donations to provide art services for those in need. No amount is too big or too small. Donations are tax deductible and here's where your donation goes:
1. Monthly free community projects. Follow our blog, sign up for our newsletter, or follow us on Facebook to receive updates about community service.
2. Maintanence and upkeep of bus.
3. Art supplies.
We also need volunteers to help with our field trips and community service projects. Check out our volunteer page to sign-up.
We'd love your support!
MISSION AND HISTORY
I love a good dream, don't you? For years I have dreamed about how Kenny and I could combine our gifts and talents into a ministry that is as unique as we are. Kenny and I have often talked about adding an art bus to Imagine Studios, but there was nothing solid to move forward until recently.
Many of you know that Kenny made a decision to leave full-time ministry at the end of 2017. We have served together in 4 churchs for over 20 years. Even though he's no longer on a church staff, we feel that God is still calling us into a different kind of service specific to NWA. Over the past few months, God has been tugging on my heart to find a new way to use my gifts of teaching and creativity and Kenny's heart for missions along with his ministry experience to do more. He has provided a vision for us to start a non-profit art bus so we can use our love for people to bring art into the community in a big way.
How will our non-profit work? The bus will be available for school field trips, community events, festivals, neighborhood parties, and more. For these services, we'll charge a fee. A portion of these fees will go towards our monthly mission projects: these include providing art programs to other non-profits locally, like the NWA Children's Shelter, and a once a year we're going to go big and travel with the bus to an urban or rural school that can't provide art instruction, to a church VBS program or to wherever God leads us and our team.
How can you help make this happen? You can donate to our start-up as we seek to find and renovate the perfect bus. You can volunteer on the bus as an art helper. You can help donate to our monthly mission work. You can serve on our board in a role such as school liason. You can also book the bus for your school, daycare, GNO, or birthday party and in doing so you'll be helping us provide art to someone who needs it.
Underlying Philosophies and Values:
1. We care about people and we know art helps with building relationships and connecting with other humans.
2. We believe in the value of creative expression: among other things, art boosts self-esteem, increases empathy, tolerance, and feelings of love.
3. We are passionate about education and art has been proven to increase academic performance .
4. We believe art is good for the soul--the very act of creating brings a sense of peace and well-being.
We'd be so grateful if you would join us on this new journey! And since we are a non-profit, your donations are tax deductible too!
Kenny & Melanie
Melanie Hewins, President
Kenny Hewins, CFO
Dr. Jim Davis, Accountant
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER