June 11, 2020
Student artists use talents to help others
Three Upper St. Clair High School rising seniors are using their artistic talents to assist families who have been negatively affected by COVID-19. Eileen Guo, Kathy Li and Manjiri Palayekar created Art for Joy to raise money for the Greater Washington County Food Bank.
For a donation of $10 and up, Eileen, Kathy or Manjiri will create a custom digital art commission. The cost of the commission varies based on the complexity of the drawing. All monies will be donated to the food bank.
“During this quarantine, I felt the urge to do my share, no matter the size, to benefit my community,” Eileen said. “I am so grateful that I do not need to worry about where my next meal will come from. Therefore, I wanted to put my free time at home to great use.”
The students are motivated to help individuals who have been affected by COVID-19 because of resource strain.
“We chose the Greater Washington County Food Bank and the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank as the beneficiaries because we know that they are local food banks. However, we found it important that they still have a range large enough to make a notable impact,” Eileen said. “The food banks help the community significantly – a donation of a single dollar can be used to purchase $5 worth of food.”
All three student artists have previously earned Gold and Silver Keys from the national Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition and appreciate this opportunity to use their skills to benefit others.
“I am truly grateful to do what I love and help others at the same time, and I hope that I can use my skill to benefit people in need,” Eileen said.
More information as well as samples of artwork are available at artforjoyfundraiser.com or @artforjoy.fundraiser on Instagram.