Donor Spotlight: B.W. Bastian Foundation

basitanLocated in Orem, UT, the B.W. Bastian Foundation has been a long-time UMOCA supporter—most recently for Out Loud, an artistic platform for youth voices in the LGBTQ+ community.

The B.W. Bastian Foundation’s mission is to strive to build community and understanding by supporting local and national institutions. The Foundation places a strong commitment on programs and organizations that benefit, encourage, and preserve the rights of individuals and promote equality for the LGBTQ+ community. They also foster the arts through educational outreach – it’s easy to see why supporting Out Loud fits perfectly into that mission.

Thanks to the Bastian Foundation’s generous support and aims to uplift our community, we saw enormous success in 2015 through our first-ever iteration of Out Loud. The program was well-received by participating students and also by the local artists and art educators that led workshops for the series. In addition, students not only explored contemporary art, but also created a museum exhibition featuring their own artwork, challenging stereotypes, healing cultural drama, and understanding identity.

Says one 2015 participant:

“I am gay and I am also Mexican-American. As someone belonging to two different minority groups, I can feel the brunt of discrimination in both ways. It’s hard. To have an institution believe in me and put my art up on their walls is incredibly validating. … The atmosphere of love, pride, and learning made me so happy. It saved me. It reminded me that my work could someday save kids like my fellow artists. It gave me the motivation I need to succeed.”

The 2016 program will bring back peer mentors from the 2015 program and continue in its mission to further students’ capacities for self-expression, personal identity development, and sense of agency as important contributors to our society.

Perhaps most importantly—and along the same vein as UMOCA’s mission to make art for all—this program is offered entirely free of charge for accepted students, made possible through the Bastian Foundation.

Thank you, B.W. Bastian Foundation, for your work in our community and your support for UMOCA!

Learn more about Out Loud and apply for the 2016 series. Deadline is Jan. 18.
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