Twenty years ago, arts educators Roseanne Kadis and Juliet Myers teamed up to start Fine Arts for Children and Teens, Inc.— better known as FACT — to enrich the lives of young people in the Santa Fe area. What started as a Saturday-morning art class held, as Myers recently explained, “out of the back of a Subaru station wagon” has emerged as a successful nonprofit that benefits young people with hands-on art-making opportunities in Northern New Mexico public schools and the community at large.
“ Rosanne said to me, ‘Let’s go make arts with kids— I think you can help me figure out how to do that,’” recalled Myers, now director of education and public programming at SITE Santa Fe. “I said, ‘I’m sure I can, but you go find the kids.’ Two weeks later she called me and said, ‘We have a gig’— the Girls Club, it was called back then; it’s Girls, Inc. now.”
FACT, run by interim executive director Anna Marie Tutera Manriques, celebrates with two events. A silent auction and fundraiser takes place from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 18, at Santacafé, 231 Washington Ave. Wine, appetizers, and children’s art are on the menu. Tickets are $50; call FACT at 992-2787. Then, from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, March 19, FACT holds an alumni exhibition and reception at Warehouse 21, 1614 Paseo de Peralta, with refreshments and live music. It’s free.