House of Light: Our Partnership with CityTeam

By Winsor Kinkade

Hello friends, family, and supporters!

Happy International Women’s Day to all women-identified folks!!!

This International Women’s Day, we’re thrilled to finally be sharing with you a project that the Kinkade Family Foundation has been working on for quite some time! As a family of five women, our hearts are so genuinely excited about everything that’s unfolding! But, before we jump into our news, let’s back up a bit and give you a quick recap…

As maybe you’ve heard before, KFF loves the organization CityTeam. CityTeam meets the needs of individuals in the US who are displaced, homeless, or facing extreme poverty. CityTeam’s Heritage Home program in San José helps pregnant women overcome homelessness, chemical dependency, and other hardships while becoming loving mothers to their newborn babies. Heritage Home provides for the women’s physical needs in addition to their emotional, professional, and spiritual needs. All around, this organization and the folks they serve are amazing, and it’s been on our hearts for years to find more ways to support them.

After a few brainstorming meetings with CityTeam in 2018, it became clear that there was a need for continued transitional care after the women graduate from Heritage Home. Once they graduate, it’s crucial that women have a safe environment to continue to grow with their infant while they take positive steps towards growth and independence. Without affordable housing or childcare, the graduates often find themselves in difficult situations. Women may be subjected to living in their cars or in unsafe environments. Some return to abusive relationships or fall into unhealthy habits.

Our mother and dear CEO (Chief Encouragement Officer) decided to take action, as usual. Nanette Kinkade purchased and donated a home in San José that would provide continued safe and affordable housing to women who graduate from Heritage Home. The house was named “House of Light” in honor of our dad’s passion for “sharing the light” through his artwork.

We are thrilled to announce that House of Light opens its doors in Summer of 2019!

House of Light is a six-bedroom home in San Jose, California, that will provide safe, comfortable housing to around fifteen women and minor children. The community living program is designed to give CityTeam graduates a stepping stone between a structured program and transitioning into independent living.

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House of Light will provide aftercare in the form of:

  • Continued daily access to CityTeam services, such as the Learning and Career Center, mentorship programs, parenting classes, AA meetings, and enrichment workshops.

  • Below market rent and utilities for women for at least one year to obtain rental history for future housing security

  • Rotating leadership opportunities within the home, and an opportunity to grow in leadership and practical living skills.

  • Living with a small community of other women and mothers to promote mutual support, understanding, respect, security, and mental wellness.

The House of Light follows a model of care that honors women’s tenacious ability to care for themselves and their children. The intention is that this becomes a place of peace, security, and joy for the families who make House of Light their home.

Thank you to our supporters and friends for walking with us through this journey and believing in our work. And special thanks to Lara Fulmer from CityTeam and Lynsie Gridley who helped make our dreams come true with this project!

We look forward to giving more updates in the near future! To stay up-to-date with House of Light, follow along with Facebook or Instagram.

Again, Happy International Women’s Day to all you incredible ladies! May today be a reminder of how amazing you are, how far we’ve come, and how much stronger we will be when we continue to work with another! We love you!

With love and light,

The Kinkade Family

“The strongest light is the light that shines within you. Use it to lead the way of your life.” Anonymous

We are looking for individuals to volunteer with this project! Opportunities currently include project preparations (demolition, yard work, clean-up, interior design direction, etc...).   

If you’d like to hear more about ways to get involved or volunteer with House of Light, email

We have plenty of giving opportunities! If you feel inspired to donate to Cityteam, click here.

Orgs We Love!

By Winsor Kinkade

As the holiday season comes to a close, the Kinkade Family Foundation is taking a deep breath and spending a few moments to reflect on the past few months. One of the overwhelming sentiments that arises while looking back on the holidays is a sense of gratitude. We feel so thankful to have had the opportunity to work with several outstanding organizations this year, and during the holidays, we chose four of these organizations to support as a way to say ‘thank you’ for all they have done throughout the year! In the spirit of gratitude for these organizations, we’d like to share a little bit about each of these organizations that have inspired us and touched our hearts.  

Creativity Explored provides people with developmental disabilities the opportunity express themselves creatively through art and share their work with the community. They support studio artists in becoming self-employed visual artists and pursuing a livelihood through the sale of their artwork. The Creativity Explored gallery in San Francisco hosts six exhibitions per year which feature different studio artists’ work. Come to the next event to meet the wonderful artists, check out the inspiring studio, and bring home a memorable piece of artwork! We hope to see you there.

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Women’s Global Empowerment Fund supports women in northern Uganda through economic, social, and political programs. Using grassroots strategies, WGEF addresses inequality and strengthens the community by giving marginalized women the tools necessary to empower themselves and alleviate poverty. With programs ranging from microcredit services, literacy coaching, and agricultural loans and training, WGEF has consistently taken action to support women in their personal and professional growth. We love their unwavering belief that building up women helps build up the community.


Casa Generación protects and defends the basic human rights of children, adolescents, and families who live in the streets of Perú. Through programs that offer long-term housing, hot meals, education, and social advocacy, Casa Generación works to empower individuals in their personal, social, and political growth. For the last 30 years, Casa Generación has advanced the participation, access, and voice of individuals in their communities where their voices have been marginalized. Casa Generación is very dear to our hearts at the Kinkade Family Foundation, and we are so happy to continue to partner with them in 2019!

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Cityteam meets the needs of individuals in the US who are displaced, homeless, or facing extreme poverty. Their Heritage Home program in San Jose, California helps pregnant women overcome homelessness, chemical dependency, and other hardships while becoming loving mothers to their newborn babies. Heritage Home provides for the women’s physical needs in addition to their emotional, professional, and spiritual needs. We are partnering with Cityteam on an exciting new project this upcoming year, so stay tuned!


We feel so appreciative that these organizations (and the innumerable other organizations out in the world) work so tirelessly to create an impact in the lives of fellow humans.

Also, we’d like to take this time to thank you, our supporters and friends, for believing in our work and the work of organizations like the ones mentioned above. YOU inspire us!  

From the Kinkade Family Foundation, we’d like to say thank you so much, and we hope you have a very happy 2019! Cheers!



By Chandler Kinkade

April 6th of this year marked my dad’s five year anniversary of passing, and in celebration of him I immersed myself in what my dad cherished most: nature.

Growing up in the Kinkade household meant that at least once a day dad, mom and the kids would get outside. Whether it be for a swim, a hike, a stroll or a bike ride didn’t matter. These activities were non negotiable. Rain or shine we found a way. Being a kid there were days that a mandatory bike ride was the last thing I wanted to do, but I look back on those moments with great fondness and appreciation for my parent’s strong will to keep us active and out in the open air. I’m sure it wasn’t always easy to do with four little girls.

For my dad, these jaunts out in nature were a source of great peace and tireless inspiration. He would never leave the house without his sketchbook and camera to document the passing beauty, which he never missed.

Undoubtedly, you see my dad’s love for nature in his art; almost every one of his published pieces have some contribution from nature - a blooming flower, a magnificent sunset or the roaring sea. My dad took immense pleasure painting “en plein air” or in open air, which meant that he would pack up the custom plein air tote that he made by hand, take it to the highest peak or most astounding viewpoint, set up the easel and paint to his heart’s content. My dad painted in the studio for work, but he painted en plein air for pleasure. Being out in the elements gave my dad a recharge unlike anything else could.

For my dad’s five year anniversary I spent the day on the beach. I breathed in the sticky, salty air and let the sand stick to my skin. I sat in silence knowing that I wasn’t alone, because my dad was right there with me enjoying the vast expanse of the glistening ocean and wispy sky.

At the beach on the 5 year anniversary of my dad's death

At the beach on the 5 year anniversary of my dad's death

This Earth Day I encourage anyone reading to go outside and feel gratitude for our strong, powerful and endlessly beautiful planet. I feel that it’s our duty to care for Earth so that our children have the same opportunity to enjoy nature’s bounty as we had.

Join the Kinkade Family with these three ways you can give back and nurture Earth:

  1. Grow bee friendly plants and herbs in your backyard. Without bees to spread seeds, many plants and food crops would die off, but we can help by planting bee friendly plants and herbs in our yards to give bees more forage. Remember not to use chemicals or pesticides in your lawn or garden - they harm the biosphere and can cause damage to the honeybee systems. Here are a few examples of good plant varieties: Spring – lilacs, penstemon, lavender, sage, verbena, and wisteria. Summer – Mint, cosmos, squash, tomatoes, pumpkins, sunflowers, oregano, rosemary, poppies, black-eyed Susan, passion flower vine, honeysuckle. Fall – Fuschia, mint, bush sunflower, sage, verbena, toadflax.

  2. Buy food, supplies and clothing locally and organically. Buying locally grown food likely means that you’re also eating seasonally and your food wasn’t grown from a monoculture. If you have trouble finding locally grown food, try seeing if there’s a local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) that you can support. You’ll end up consuming less pesticides and more nutrients (not to mention all of the fuel and resources saved on transportation) which is great for you and the environment. Organic supplies and clothing will likely will not have harsh carcinogenic chemicals found in many mass produced items, and if they’re made locally you’re also saving fuel, resources and packaging.

  3. Eat less meat, dairy and eggs. Eating less meat, dairy and eggs will reduce your carbon footprint and save precious resources like freshwater and fossil fuel. Raising cows, pigs and chickens generates 51 percent or more of global greenhouse-gas emissions. It takes an enormous amount of water to grow crops for animals to eat, clean factory farms, and give animals water to drink. A single cow used for milk can drink up to 50 gallons of water per day—or twice that amount in hot weather—and it takes 683 gallons of water to produce 1 gallon of milk. It takes more than 2,400 gallons of water to produce 1 pound of beef.

Thank you all for reading and I hope you all have a wonderful day outdoors enjoying the rain, snow, wind or sun - it’s all beautiful and a gift!





In honor of National Arts in Education Week 2016, we are sharing an essay that Winsor Kinkade wrote for one of her college classes about the importance of arts education in public schools.

For those familiar with art and music classes, you can agree that amidst the grumbling and difficulty of learning the trade, there is a huge sense of gratification and enjoyment throughout the process. The pride felt after learning the harmony of a song or after completing a piece of art that you have worked so hard on is a feeling we hold in our hearts forever...

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“I think what Keane has done is terrific! If it were bad, so many people wouldn't like it." 
- Andy Warhol

When the proposal came through my inbox to lend a few Thomas Kinkade pieces to Utah State University for an exhibit exploring kitsch, I didn’t know whether to chuckle or to be offended. The term kitsch, deriving from the German word verkitschen meaning "to make cheap," is usually used to describe objects or art that are considered to be in poor taste.  Thomas Kinkade has often been referred to as the “King of Kitsch,” which seemed, to me, like a negative label for him as an artist.

In reading the proposal further, I realized the show was exploring the word kitsch quite differently than I had expected. The proposal stated that the exhibit would be approaching kitsch academically by asking questions such as the following: What connections can be made between art and kitsch? How is kitsch different depending on one’s age and cultural background? How are these objects a reflection of us as a culture at large? ...

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Happy Earth Day 2016!

Today on our blog, we celebrate with a post about an organization that encourages the creative reuse of materials when making and teaching art. 

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed when you step inside the nation’s oldest creative reuse store. SCRAP is located in San Francisco, CA, and is also known as the Scrounger’s Center for Reusable Arts Parts. When we visited this week, a fellow shopper noticed our amazed gaze and gave us a quick tour of his favorite place. He finished his spiel with a resounding, “Welcome to Paradise!”

Fabrics, miscellaneous buttons, sewing patterns, figurines, jewelry, pen caps, scraps of paper, used art supplies, and old books pepper the walls from floor to ceiling of the giant warehouse space. It is filled with the clutter from houses and businesses that get thrown away, recycled or donated.

This place exists for people who find beauty in everyone else’s unwanted junk...

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