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New Central Falls Arts Program Receives Unexpected Donation

August 5, 2012 (Central Falls, RI) - Kaitlyn Frolich and Candita Clayton were pleasantly surprised when they were informed last week that Central Falls Summer Arts Initiative (CFSAI), which they …

August 5, 2012 (Central Falls, RI) - Kaitlyn Frolich and Candita Clayton were pleasantly surprised when they were informed last week that Central Falls Summer Arts Initiative (CFSAI), which they co-founded this year to offer free art classes for kids 7-12, will receive a $500 donation from the Gracie Annabelle Fund for the Arts, a donor-advised fund at the Rhode Island Foundation.

"We've received several donations to date, but this donation is particularly special." said Ms. Frolich, "This contribution is in memory of a cherished little girl who had great interest in art."

The Gracie Annabelle Fund for the Arts was established in 2002, when Ann Hood and Lorne Adrain's five-year-old daughter Grace died suddenly from a virulent form of strep throat. Contributions from the fund are directed by Ann and Lorne's two children, Ariane Adrain and Sam Hood Adrain.

This all-volunteer, grassroots effort led by Providence-based designer Frolich and Pawtucket art gallery owner Clayton has brought together distinguished artists of many different artistic backgrounds.

"When we decided to go ahead with our idea, we weren't sure what would happen." said Frolich, "I'm amazed at the level of community support we've received and all of the incredible art the kids have created in such a short time. We're encouraged to offer it again next summer."

The final 2012 summer class, featuring guest art instructor Dauna Noble, will occur this Saturday, August 11th from 11am -1pm at the host-site, the Adams Memorial Library (205 Central Street, Central Falls).

All of the art produced by the students and participating artists of CFSAI will be exhibited and available for purchase in Candita Clayton Studio (999 Main St, Pawtucket) with a special CFSAI gallery "meet-the artists" opening night, sponsored by Leadership Rhode Island on September 27th. The money made from the purchase of the young artist art will go directly to the children who produced it. CFSAI is a 100% volunteer-based initiative.

For more information about The Central Falls Summer Art Initiative, visit www.cfsai.com. Ann Hood's memoir, "COMFORT: A JOURNEY THROUGH GRIEF," in which she shares her personal story of losing her 5-year old daughter Grace in 2002, was a New York Times Editor's Choice and named one of the top 10 non-fiction books of 2008. To donate to The Gracie Annabelle Fund for the Arts in memory of her daughter, visit www.rifoundation.org.

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