Not that we need an excuse to buy books but supporting the Rise Above Arts program presents extra incentive to visit the Tanasbourne Barnes & Noble this weekend. The store will be donating a percentage of weekend sales to the program.
Every year, an estimated 1.6 million of America’s youth experience homelessness. Though a problem nationwide, this is also an issue locally. In order to better serve this important population, Hillsboro Community Arts founded the Rise Above Arts Program, providing arts education to homeless youth. These teens, ages 13 to 17, currently reside at A Safe Place for Youth, a teen homeless shelter run by the Boys and Girls Aid Society in Hillsboro. Each year, Rise Above offers 150+ teens the opportunity to express themselves through art and writing, while helping them to build confidence, learn about themselves, and realize a sense of accomplishment.
The Rise Above Teen’s Global Art for Peace Project will be exhibited at the Tanasbourne store this entire month and the store will also be hosting a number of events related to the fundraiser throughout the weekend.
- Dick Wisshack of Hillsboro reading from his book, "The Whales are Calling," at 11am Friday and 3pm Saturday
- Marianne Monson reading "Finding Fairies" at 11am Saturday
- Open poetry reading emceed by Joe Schrader at 7pm Friday
- Story telling and puppets with the Rise Above teens at 1pm Saturday
- Musician Eldorado Gene performing at 5pm Saturday and on-going art projects.