Charnae Courts

I am a full-time urban artist. Based in the city of Flint, Mi. Spreading my artwork internationally and exposing local youth to creative expression has always been my end goal. I paint pictures, instruct paint & sip classes and entrepreneurial seminars for youth and other creative individuals. Making a difference, one brush stroke at a time…. Knowing the impact art has had on my emotional and mental wellness I want to provide that same “peace” to other interested individuals, specifically youth. I would like to emphasize to individuals in my hometown that they have so much to offer the world with their voice, creative expression, and perspectives. Being that a lot of our local schools cannot see the importance of arts being integrated in school curriculum and the direct positive impacts it has on youth; our youth are at a disadvantage as these programs are no longer offered in most public/low-income schools. Thus, My main philanthropy with the arts is to provide local residents and area visitors of all ages, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels with an affordable/accessible outlet for entertainment while enriching the culture of our community.

Idea Statement
Art By Char is seeking to make a difference, one brush stroke at a time! Given the lack of free accessible art events/community events that encourage overall cohesion within my local community; my goal is to provide local residents and area visitors of all ages, ethnicities, socioeconomic backgrounds and education levels with a free and accessible outlet for entertainment. Thus bringing to life “Created To Create”, a free arts program (4-8 week) for local youth in the city of Flint, Mi. At the end of the program I would hold a showcase where the participants would display their creations/experience in a gallery like setting. Overall, directly and/or indirectly, providing several, widely studied cognitive and psychological benefits to all in attendance.