A.C. Moore Supports Art Education Via Fresh Artists Partnership

Craft retailer hosts footprint wide fundraiser for art supplies in underprivileged schools

Jan 25, 2016, 09:00 ET from A.C. Moore

BERLIN, N.J., Jan. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Leading arts & craft retailer, A.C. Moore, today announced a storewide campaign to support art philanthropy organization, Fresh Artists. From Saturday, January 30 to Sunday, February 7, customers are encouraged to join the mission to save art education with an in-store clothesline art sale fundraiser at all 136 A.C Moore locations.

Launching with a storewide Make & Give on Saturday, January 30 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., children of all ages will be introduced to treasured masterpieces to interpret and recreate before displaying their finished artwork on a clothesline throughout the store. Shoppers will then have the opportunity to donate $1 to Fresh Artists at checkout and select a piece of art as a gift for their support.

"Since the establishment of our Crafting a Better World initiative, A.C. Moore has been committed to inspiring creativity, while tacking critical issues in our society," said CEO Pepe Piperno. "Last year, with support from our customers and employees, our stores raised $40,000 to support art programs in need across the nation. This year we hope to make a record breaking impact while empowering even more young artists to get involved."

Following the campaign, A.C. Moore will match each donation, dollar for dollar, with all funds going directly to Fresh Artists for art supplies and programming in underprivileged public schools.

"The extraordinary support of A.C. Moore's terrific employees and customers enables Fresh Artists to serve more and more disadvantaged schools, art teachers and children each year," said Founder and Executive Director, Barbara Chandler Allen, "This partnership is much-needed rocket-fuel to us and we are incredibly grateful for this support to continue funding the arts in schools across the country."

Since entering the partnership in 2015, A.C. Moore has raised and donated more than $80,000 to the non-profit, impacting more than 430,000 kids through Fresh Artists programs. For more information and store locations, visit acmoore.com.

About A.C. Moore 
Create more. Share more. Save more. ™ A.C. Moore is a specialty retailer offering a vast selection of arts, crafts and floral merchandise to a broad demographic of customers. The first A.C. Moore store opened in Moorestown, New Jersey in 1985, and has expanded to more than 136 stores. Stores are located in the Eastern United States from Maine to Florida.

A.C. Moore is devoted to being the first choice for product selection, value and service that inspires and fulfills unlimited creative possibilities. The assortment, convenience, service and pricing differentiate them from their competitors. The assortment of merchandise consists of more than 60,000 stock keeping units, or SKUs, with approximately 40,000 SKUs offered at each store at any one time. They also offer custom framing in the majority of their stores. In-store events and programs for children and adults provide hands-on arts and crafts experience and encourage the creativity of customers.

For more information about A.C. Moore, visit http://www.acmoore.com/about.

About Fresh Artists 
Founded in 2008, Fresh Artists is a national award-winning nonprofit that empowers young lives through art by engaging vulnerable children as full partners in philanthropy, by widely exhibiting children's artwork in highly visible and unexpected places, and by providing art supplies and innovative art programs to severely under-resourced public schools. Fresh Artists invites K-12 artists to donate high-resolution images of selected artwork, and then provides corporate or individual donors with thank-you gifts of high-quality digital reproductions of that art in exchange for financial contributions. The talent and generosity of 1000 public school children throughout the country has delivered the value of more than $600,000 in art supplies and innovative art programming to public schools. Fresh Artists' Print Studio provides large-format printing for under-resourced nonprofits while introducing disadvantaged teens to marketable job skills and potential careers in the creative economy.  Reproductions of children's artwork have been installed in corporate facilities throughout the country from Washington, DC, to Oregon including SAP, Yahoo, Comcast, Independence Blue Cross, Harvard School of Education, World Café Live, Yale University Children's Hospital, Drexel University, and the world-famous Philadelphia Flower Show. The children's art has been installed in 35 homeless and emergency shelters, soup kitchens and child abuse clinics with healing, hopeful children's art. The Fresh Artists Memory Games, educational, intergenerational games showcasing children's art, received the Oppenheim Gold Award for Best Toy of the Year and were chosen by Oprah to be featured in "O" Magazine. For more information, visit www.freshartists.org.

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