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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.

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