CREATE Arts Center Plans to Bring Back Paint the Town Gala

CREATE Arts Center is bringing back its Paint the Town gala on Saturday, June 4 after a two-year absence, Executive Director Linda Marson announced.

The fund-raiser will help the organization meet the increased demand for its arts education program for underserved youth as well as mental health services.

“The pandemic has been hard on everyone, but particularly challenging for people living on low-or-fixed incomes, marginalized constituencies and youth and adults living with mental illness, developmental disabilities and autism,” Marson said in a press release.

CREATE Arts provides services for individuals and families regardless of financial situations, and the funds raised will go to support that work, Marson added.

She also noted in an email to the Source the non-profit’s growth in the last four years from one fulltime staff person to six, along with additional art therapists and teacher to help meet the demand.

The event will be held from 7–11 p.m. at Cissell-Saxon American Legion Post 41, located at 905 Sligo Ave.

Guests will find food from Matchbox, Kaldi’s Social House and Negril Jamaican Eatery, in addition to a Nothing Bundt Cake bar for desserts, along with a cash bar.

Two local bands, The Loose Ends and Last Known Whereabouts, will provide music ranging from 80s hits, rock, R&B and rockabilly to blues, funk, and soul.

The organization also will raffle off items such as field seats to a Washington Nationals game, a handmade quilt, restaurant gift cards, a hotel overnight with breakfast, theatre tickets and other prizes.

Tickets for the gala are $55 for an individual and $90 for a couple (plus a service charge) and are now available online. Raffle tickets will be sold at the event.

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