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The Positive Force For Change award honors outstanding individuals who have made a significant impact in their community, demonstrating a commitment to creating positive change in the lives of people, the environment, or the world at large. These individuals have shown dedication to their work, implementing innovative solutions and driving meaningful progress in their respective fields.


Examples of ongoing or recently completed projects that exemplify the spirit of this award include:

* Developing sustainable agriculture initiatives to combat food insecurity and promote environmental stewardship

* Implementing education programs to empower marginalized communities and foster social justice

* Spearheading community-based clean energy projects to reduce carbon footprint and promote renewable energy

* Advocating for mental health support and reducing stigma around mental illness

* Creating inclusive and accessible spaces for people with disabilities


The Positive Force for Change Award recognizes individuals who embody the power of compassion, determination, and creativity in driving transformative change. Their work serves as an inspiration to others, demonstrating that individual actions can collectively lead to a better future for all."


Requirements:

  • Projects highlighted by applicants should be ongoing, or have been completed after Jan 1, 2023

  • This award will go to a specific person (not an organization), although the work may have been done through an organization or with the help of a team.

  • Nominees should be Bay Area Residents

  • Letter of Recommendation

  • Must be available to receive award the afternoon of Sunday Sept 29th, and present a 5 min deck on the project.

  • You May Nominate Yourself

  • You May Nominate Someone Else

  • Our suggestion is to send this form to someone so they may nominate themselves.

Award:

3 Awards Will Be Granted

Applications will be reviewed in August, then announced on Aug 29th





To our community,

This is a week of gratitude where Bay Area Creative would like to show appreciation to our generous funders!


Bay Area Creative received generous funding and support from The Alameda County Arts Council. We would like to extend our deepest appreciation for the support and contribution that their organization granted Bay Area Creative. Our long standing relationship has created opportunities for creative expression that empower individuals to develop empathic communication skills and foster positive change in themselves and the community.


With conscientious advocates like The Alameda County Arts Council, we will advance student success, outlets to filmmaking, creative writing, stage performance, and social activism in classes and camp programs. Bay Area Creative has four key mission programs: SPARC Poetry, REvisions -Therapeutic Arts, Educators for Empathy, and Spoken Works; Bay Area Creative impacts over 6,000 people per year at over 100 different schools and community sites. We are greatly appreciative of The Alameda County Arts Council and their support of our work through their General Relief and Arts Fund initiatives that assisted in funding our spoken word poetry workshops at Ochoa, Bret Harte and Cesar Chavez, Winton and MLK middle schools in Hayward.


Their contribution supported additional funding which led to year long creative writing residencies in the classrooms with multiple teachers at each school. The Alameda County Arts Council has been a longtime supporter of Bay Area Creative providing crucial aid during the pandemic. The arts programs they have helped to fund directly promote well-rounded, healthy people by encouraging cultural sensitivity, social justice, and emotional balance.

Bay Area Creative also predominantly serves families of color in underserved neighborhoods. The relationship between The Alameda County Arts Council and Bay Area Creative has been central to our work and has influenced our non-profit's expansion, its reach, visibility, and overall advancement of social/cultural reform!


Bay Area Creative will continue to showcase The Alameda County Arts Council’s generosity through social media, donor collateral, newsletters, and the official Bay Area Creative Website. We look forward to continuing our relationship and will keep everyone up-to-date on event news, volunteer opportunities, and executive board openings.

Our links to Social Media posts for this donor appreciation week:


Sincerely Grateful,

Patrick Ohslund and Mike Taylor

Founders and Directors of Bay Area Creative



To our community,


This is a week of gratitude where Bay Area Creative would like to show appreciation to our generous funders!


Bay Area Creative received generous funding from The California Arts Council. We would like to extend our deepest appreciation for the support and contribution that their organization granted Bay Area Creative. Our relationship has continued to create opportunities for creative expression that empower individuals to develop empathic communication skills and foster positive change in themselves and the community.


With conscientious advocates like The California Arts Council, we will advance student success, outlets to filmmaking, creative writing, stage performance, and social activism in classes and camp programs. Bay Area Creative has four key mission programs: SPARC Poetry, ReVisions -Therapeutic Arts, Educators for Empathy, and Cultural Crossroads; Bay Area Creative impacts over 6,000 people per year at over 100 different schools and community sites. We are greatly appreciative of The California Arts Council and their support of our work through their: Arts & Cultural Organizations General Operating Relief, Creative Youth Development and Arts Exposure grants.


Their contribution not only affects the number of communities we serve, but directly promotes well-rounded, healthy people by encouraging cultural sensitivity, social justice, and emotional balance. Bay Area Creative also predominantly serves families of color in underserved neighborhoods. Our developing relationship with The California Arts Council and Bay Area Creative has influenced our non-profit's expansion, its reach, visibility, and overall advancement of social/cultural reform!


Bay Area Creative will continue to showcase The California Arts Council's generosity through social media, donor collateral, newsletters, and the official Bay Area Creative Website. We look forward to continuing our relationship and will keep everyone up-to-date on event news, volunteer opportunities, and executive board openings.


Our links to recent Social Media posts



Sincerely Grateful,


Patrick Ohslund and Mike Taylor

Founders and Directors of Bay Area Creative




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