A local foundation is working to ensure art programs are not lost for some in the community who need them the most.
Mahoning County Commissioners showcased Thursday some of the artists and their works that were part of a fundraiser for the HELMS Foundation in Youngstown.
Chairwoman Teri DiGennaro said their goal is to provide money for art supplies and programming for those with disabilities, autism or mental health issues.
“There is no funding that is for it. Insurance doesn’t cover it and so it’s been a service that has always been cut or taken away. We are trying to get that there,” DiGennaro said.
The foundation was established several years ago in memory of DiGennaro’s son Ryan, an artist who died in an accident.
Last November’s fundraiser brought in about $25,000. Another is planned for this fall.