FAR (Funds for Artists' Resilience)
The Ink People Center for the Arts is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization located in Humboldt County on California's far North Coast. We change lives by connecting our community with resources for cultural development and by encouraging people to exercise their humanity, build civic discourse, and engage their creative potential. Our core programs provide opportunities for artists and young people, arts education, public art initiatives, and engagement opportunities that connect art and culture bearers with state and local governments.
Opportunities for artists include regular exhibition opportunities and free access to makers’ spaces with equipment including looms, kilns, a print studio, and wet and dry media facilities.
Our art education initiatives bring artists and cultural leaders into local schools and communities. Programs for youth include the MARZ Project Media Lab, which provides young people ages 12 to 26 with the tools to express themselves creatively in visual art, audio and video production; JUMP StArts, a program that provides art, poetry, music, and mentors for at-risk youth in the juvenile justice system; and our Summer Art Camp, which provides an introduction to artmaking for children ages 5-12.
We sponsor and take part in public art projects including the Eureka Arts and Culture Festival; Art Benches on the Waterfront, a program that commissions artists to design benches and other elements of street furniture on the Eureka waterfront; and Art Utility Boxes, a project that engaged artists to paint sixty utility boxes in the Eureka area with original designs. We partnered with the Yurok Tribe to create a public art initiative for Main Street Klamath, funded by NEA Our Town.
We also partner with local and state governments to contribute to the success of regional initiatives including the Eureka Cultural Arts District, the Eureka Art and Culture Commission, and the Eureka Strategic Arts Plan. We maintain partnerships with the Yurok Tribe, Wiyot Tribe, Hupa Tribe, Karuk Tribe, the County of Humboldt, and the cities of Arcata and Blue Lake.
Through our DreamMaker Program, we provide administrative, public relations and logistic support to over one hundred arts and culture initiatives in this community, including North Star Quest Camp, North Coast Open Studios, Kids Art Mission Project, Institute of Native Knowledge, Hmong Community of the Northcoast, and Black Humboldt.
These core programs support equity and community engagement by advocating for diversity, equity and inclusion, giving creative people in this region the opportunity to express themselves and articulate community needs, and providing them with professional advice, material and financial support. All of this is made possible through your donations.
Please donate today to support our vision and help us continue building this region's vital creative community!