Maxtivity, a Philomath-based nonprofit organization, launched a fundraising campaign this month with goals of expanding virtual class offerings, creating accompanying art kits and providing craft kits that can be checked out.
Lori Paul, owner, said Maxtivity needs to raise just over $6,000 to keep the organization afloat.
Once designed as an in-person arts and crafts studio, current social restrictions prompted the organization to expand its virtual classes, kits and online store.
Paul said the goal is to raise $6,070 by Dec. 31.
Living up to its mission to provide a place where children, families and individuals can come and immerse themselves in a creative space, Paul said donations will help expand online services and increase art and craft kits, so people can be inspired from the safety of their own homes.
“I strongly believe that the benefits of creating art, making crafts and engaging in hobbies is a necessary component for the overall well-being of the human soul,” Paul said. “The benefits linked to creativity are numerous — it provides release from stress, expands the imagination, takes us into ‘the zone’ where we temporarily forget our worries and it even increases dopamine into the brain that then increases our level of happiness.”
Paul said Maxtivity, located at 1604 Main St., is still available for small private groups, pods or families to come for open studio use time or private art lessons.
Maxtivity, founded in November 2018, just celebrated two years of service.
Maxtivity will use donated funds to hire art instructors willing to record their lessons on Maxtivity’s YouTube channel, making them available to the community for free. Donations will also help the organization offer art lessons for low or no cost to the community, using funds to pay for instruction and supplies.
Funds can also go toward sponsorship for in-person or family studio time.
“We want to be here for the community both now and for months to come,” Paul said.
Maxtivity’s online donation portal lists proposed amounts, including specific examples of what those monetary gifts bring to the organization.