Dallas, Texas (December 4, 2015) – The Nasher Sculpture Center, along with Co-Chairs Sheryl and Eric Maas and Lisa and John Runyon, announce the Nasher’s fourth annual family fundraising event, The Great Create, which will take place on Sunday, April 24, 2016 from 1-4 pm. This annual event aims to engage families’ artistic sides while raising essential funds for the Nasher’s educational initiatives year after year.
The Great Create: By Artists. For Kids is a celebration of youth art education and appreciation featuring a fun-filled afternoon of hands-on art activities and workshops in Nasher Garden led by artists from around the world, as well as live entertainment and kid-friendly food. The program is geared toward children 12 and under, and teens ages 13 and up are invited to serve as “Art Ambassadors” to assist the artists and younger attendees.
On November 3, The Great Create Co-Chairs, Sheryl and Eric Maas and Lisa and John Runyon, hosted The Great Create Kick-off to celebrate this year’s fundraiser—an invite-only event for parents at the Maas Residence, complete with spontaneous performances by the dance troupe DGDG, vibrantly costumed by The Color Condition. Parents sipped Casa Dragones cocktails and visited with the Dallas-based artists who will participate in the 2016 The Great Create. Co-Chairs, Eric and Sheryl Maas and Lisa and John Runyon, along with Nasher Director Jeremy Strick, spoke about what’s in store for this exciting event, which will include participation by a number of internationally renowned artists, such as Bettina Pousttchi and E.V. Day.
All proceeds from the event will enable the Nasher Sculpture Center to continue providing exceptional youth education programs throughout the year, such as the 3:01 Club After-school Program, Summer Institute for Teens and free student tours. Education programs account for more than 33% of the Center’s attendance each year, allowing many students and families to experience the Nasher at no cost.
The 2016 The Great Create artists will include:
The Color Condition (Marianne Newsom and Sunny Sliger)
Oil and Cotton (Shannon Driscoll and Kayli House Cusick)
Previous The Great Create artists have included the likes of Diana Al-Hadid, Morehshin Allahyari, Matt Clark, Annette Lawrence, Jason Meadows, Ruben Ochoa, Robyn O’Neil, Ry Rocklen, Allison V. Smith, John Holt Smith and Tony Tasset.
This year’s The Great Create sponsors include City Electric Supply, FD, Lincoln Property Compnay and Which Wich. Underwriting levels begin at $625 for a family of four. For more information about underwriting, please contact Megan Penney at 214.242.5167 or via email at [email protected].