What a year! As we officially celebrate our 1 year anniversary as a foundation, we want to reminisce about all the incredible things we were able to do this year! It is because of our friends, family, and supporters that we were able to accomplish everything -- thank you for your encouragement as we continue to embark on this journey. Below we countdown our favorite highlights from this past year: Read More
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... Read More
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Exactly one year ago, in July of 2015, I was shaking in my boots at the thought of studying abroad in Chile. Not only would I be living in a foreign country, but also my entire life would be in Spanish (a language that I was a complete novice in). Being away from my family and hometown for six months was the icing on the cake. When the plane landed in Santiago, I was a teary-eyed mess, thrilled by the sight of my best friend from home waiting to greet me in the over-crowded baggage claim. Luckily, we were taking on this adventure together...
The Kinkade Family Foundation partners with organizations local and abroad to bring art education to children. In addition to our own programming, today we’re thrilled to bring you a brand new series, "Bay Area Arts Showcase," where we highlight local arts nonprofits making a difference in the Bay Area. We are excited to learn about the beauty that lives within our city and are already inspired by the incredible talent and impressive programs these organizations offer our community.
Our first installment of this series features a visit to Creativity Explored by Chandler Kinkade. We hope you enjoy learning about this compelling organization just as much as we have.
“Quality is all about imagination. They [Creativity Explored] just let us ‘do’ here. It’s all about imagination.” - Vincent Jackson, Artist at Creativity Explored
Located in the bustling Mission district in San Francisco, Creativity Explored is a non-profit organization that provides artists with developmental disabilities the means to create, exhibit, and sell their art through their on-site studios and galleries. Read More
We are so excited to announce our new Instagram series, Wednesdays With Winsor! Every Wednesday we will feature Winsor Kinkade, Thomas Kinkade's 3rd daughter, sketching, completing an original piece, or something in between. Follow along on instagram to get an inside look into Winsor's creative process every week: @kinkadefamilyfoundation #WednesdaysWithWinsor #WWW
Today on our blog we dive deep into the mind of Winsor to learn about her creative process, what drives her to be an artist and how she is using art to help others.
LET US INTRODUCE YOU TO WINSOR KINKADE
Artist, teacher, student, feminist, socially conscious, lover of nature, and addicted to Nutella. These are just a few ways to describe the colorful Winsor. Winsor is 21 years old, the 3rd daughter of Thomas and Nanette Kinkade, and it is often mentioned that she inherited her father’s talent, but she’ll be the first to tell you that we are ALL artists in our own way. Winsor’s role with The Kinkade Family Foundation is Program Coordinator and Artist. We give Winsor credit for our Foundation’s partnership with Generación in Lima, Peru because of an immersion trip she went on to Generación with the University of San Francisco in early 2015... Read More
“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? ... Read More
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... Read More
Welcome to Kinkade Family Foundation’s first blog post! The first of many to keep a network of people and organizations informed of the work we’re doing in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world.
My four daughters and I created this foundation to partner with nonprofits in the U.S. and abroad in bringing art education to children. Together, we’ll provide hands-on art camps, exhibitions, discovery programs and more. Most recently, we partnered with Casa Generación in Peru to design, create, and implement an art program for underprivileged children and young adults from the streets of Lima. The program taught basic skills in various forms of art, and produced an engaged, energized and empowered group of young citizens... Read More