THE PARK WEST FOUNDATION
Changing lives through art
Park West Gallery Founder and CEO Albert Scaglione and his wife, Mitsie, who serves as the foundation’s executive director, founded Park West Foundation and the philanthropic initiative Park West CARES. These charitable endeavors have proudly addressed social issues that impact the healthy development of adolescents. Additionally, the foundation works to support environmental and educational non-profit organizations, as well as museums, that grant the public access to the world of art.
The Park West Foundation was formed in 2006 with the primary mission of addressing the urgent needs of young adults aging out of foster care in Southeastern Michigan. By utilizing key partners and mentors, the foundation empowers more than 1,000 local youth by offering education, shelter, clothing and food assistance. The foundation has expanded to support national and international programs that positively impact both young adults and the environment.
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The foundation has been involved with and contributed to numerous events, including:
An Evening of Art + Science
Park West Gallery is an event sponsor for An Evening of Art + Science in Michigan. Artists and scientists, groups usually thought of as opposites, collaborate to raise funds for the Emerging Scholars Program at the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute by creating and auctioning artwork inspired by scientific research.
Fostering Futures Scholarship Benefit
Park West Gallery has assisted more than 300 former foster care children with college scholarships with the Fostering Futures Scholarship Benefit. The benefit is hosted on an annual basis in partnership with the Michigan Education Trust (MET) and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
For the Seventh Generation
A program of the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association Foundation that supports foster children through matching donated services and goods with the children who need them. The Park West Foundation will often work with the program and provide donations when able.
An annual event that provides foster care youth the opportunity to speak directly with Oakland County legislators about their experiences with the foster care system and how they believe it can be improved. This gives the policymakers first-hand accounts to consider when creating or improving foster care laws.
Jump Shot Your Future
Park West Foundation works with the Michigan Youth Opportunities Initiative to hold “Jump Shot Your Future,” one of the largest college fairs for foster care youth. The event provides current or former foster care youth a venue to learn about resources and services.
The Park West Foundation has contributed to countless charitable causes and non-profit organizations. Below are just a few examples of the foundation’s commitment to give back:
Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation
Park West is a proud supporter of the Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation. The foundation funds research and education on best practices to protect our oceans and engages youth about oceans and marine wildlife and the importance of sustaining them.
Founded in 1989 by Anthony Shriver, Best Buddies is an international organization that impacts about 900,000 individuals with or without disabilities worldwide. The program helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and takes place in middle schools, high schools and colleges. Park West is a job ambassador for Best Buddies, offering employment opportunities to Best Buddies members with intellectual or developmental disabilities.
Forever Wild Foundation
Notable wildlife conservationist and artist Andrew Bone founded the Forever Wild Foundation to assist in funding the preservation of various endangered species in Africa. Park West believes strongly in protecting our environment, its beauty and its animals and is proud to support Bone’s efforts to increase the success of tracking, researching and protecting some of nature’s most amazing wildlife.
The Park West Foundation is underwriting museum exhibits around the country. These events will allow famous artists and their works to be hosted in various museums across the U.S. Park West provides the artist’s catalogs, posters and shipping the art and other materials to and from the locations. The foundation also assists in having the artists present during public receptions.
As of 2016, four museum exhibitions were scheduled around the country to feature renowned artists such as Yaacov Agam.
Park West artist Autumn de Forest has been selected as an artist to represent the Turnaround Arts, a signature program developed by the President’s Committee on The Arts and Humanities. The Park West Foundation will underwrite the cost of donating art supplies to the various schools that Autumn will be visiting throughout the country to promote art education.
Starting in 2016, Park West will be a proud supporter of the Art Reflections program, a national non-profit organization that inspires young artists around the country. Throughout the year the National PTA is involved in other programs such as supporting the Art Management Fellowship at American University in Washington, D.C. Park West is excited about its involvement in this educational endeavor, where a candidate receives financial assistance to complete their graduate training in the arts.
For more information or to become involved with the foundation, contact Diane Pandolfi, Park West Foundation Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org or Saba Gebrai, Program Director, at email@example.com.
For inquires about contributions and donations, email PWGCARES@PARKWESTGALLERY.COM.