ARTS, A Reason to Survive is one of the Guild's community outreach programs. Founded in 2001 ARTS provides free healing experiences in the visual, performing and literary arts to children and their families facing adversity. In February of this year ARTS opened the doors to its new 6,000 ft. Pat D'Arrigo ARTS Center at the NTC Promenade in Point Loma. The organization now offers a media center, a ceramics and sculpture studio, a music room, space for drawing, painting, printmaking and mixed media, and a gallery for exhibiting and selling artwork created by the students.
In order to handle the growing number of students the organization reaches, ARTS needs help with in-kind, monetary and volunteer contributions. Some in-kind contributions desired are: markers, crayons, colored pencils, paints and paint brushes, musical instruments, ceramic tool sets, recording equipment, digital and disposal cameras, a Mac laptop computer, a projector and video camera. Office supplies and equipment are also needed. If you can help in any way with in-kind, monetary or volunteer time contributions, it would be appreciated. Contributions can be made by contacting the RSF Guild office at (858) 759-3545 http://www.artsurvive.org/
San Pasqual Academy is the RSF Guild's other community outreach program. San Pasqual Academy is a first-in-the-nation residential education campus designed specifically for foster teens. The Academy is located in Escondido, CA and provides foster teens with a stable, caring home, a quality, individualized education, and the skills needed for independent living.
The Academy opened in October 2001 and currently has a bed capacity for 135 youth. Eventually, the Academy will be home for up to 250 youth. The 238-acre campus features individual family-style homes, an on-site, accredited high school, a computer for each youth in the homes, a cafeteria, a technology and career information center, an assembly hall, recreation fields, and a swimming pool. Teens live and learn at the Academy as they prepare for college and/or a career path. http://www.sanpasqualacademy.org/