Give Back Tahoe: Kindred Art and Folk Institute inspires creativity among youth |

Give Back Tahoe: Kindred Art and Folk Institute inspires creativity among youth

The "Kindred Creative Empowerment Group," front row, from left: Andrea Lackie, Madison Wedman, Kiely Rodni, Jill Booth, Lucia Sherman, Ellery Manning and Sasha Penwarden. Rear row, from left: Emily Holbrooke, Rowen Bohnet, Bryce Manning, Isabella Gallagher, Hayden McJunkin, Nicole Ashton Martin and Ruby Brown Dudley.
Courtesy Kindred Art and Folk Institute |

Kindred provides meaningful creative experiences predominantly to youth in the greater North Tahoe area. Kindred pinpointed a need for creative empowerment and learning beyond what the schools could offer — especially for at risk children.

Kindred uses the applications from lost and sustainable art practices as a means to develop self esteem as well as creative problem solving capabilities.

While Kindred is open to all youth ages 5-17 its primary goal is to provide scholarships, transportation via after school, summer and holiday programming to the most in need whether it be financial or emotional.

Kindred becomes a safe haven, a place for growth, for many kids that lack access and opportunity — no family is turned away due to financial limitations.

Kindred readily engages the community at large as part of its sustainable model. Aside from various events such as art openings, parades and environmental installations throughout the year, Kindred throws a fundraising event every spring showcasing artists, musicians and artistic techniques.

The Inspired Adventure festival held this May 21 is reliant on community sponsors and volunteer efforts. It’s a fun-filled, music-filled family event that encourages community participation and student leadership.

Additionally, Kindred thrives on creative partnerships and has become a vibrant part of the annual Guitarfish family music festival. Located in the family camp, Kindred offers creative play for families with children of all ages.

Kindred is poised to expand. Our classes fill up quickly but sadly our space cannot grow with us. Our larger campaign is for a larger creative space where we can effectively partner with other organizations and develop bigger and better programming which allows for more students. Our immediate needs are to provide more scholarships and garner our own transportation.

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