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Foster The Future gathered over 1200 volunteers in cities along the 2012 Foster The People summer tour to help give back and create community. Read below about who we met, what we did and who helped us make it all happen.




We did our best to incorporate art into every volunteer project, and we raised money along the way for the following arts organizations. Be sure to check them out to see if you can help.

Austin, TX Theater Action Project (TAP)
Atlanta, GA Dad's Garage
Columbia, MD BloomBars
Cleveland, OH Cleveland Public Theater
Toronto, ON ArtReach
Chicago, IL Music Works
Minnesota, MN Kajoog - Invisible Art
Seattle, WA Pomegranate Center
Portland, OR p:ear
Los Angeles, CA Inner City Arts

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We partnered with Irv's Storytime and gathered illustrations from across North America to create a collaborative book called Quiet Art.

A portion of proceeds benefit:
Arts Education Partnership






Take a look at what we did...together.

Be sure to click on each image for more photos from each city.

San Diego, CA /////////////////////////////////////////////////////
  sd Over 200 volunteers showed up to help with a resoration project at Central Elementary School. We partnered with San Diego-based mural artist, Howard Woodward to create a giant mural and learned about and created an Ocean Friendly Garden with Surfrider.

Special thanks to:
MOVMT Shoes | Irv's StoryTime | Aerosol Arts | Art Kids of San Diego | Photos: Adam Pieratt
Austin, TX /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
austin We painted a mural, a bench, and a planter box and gardened with residents at the Maggie Johnson Nursing Center all with the help of the amazing people at the Mobile Art Program.

Special thanks to:
Chauncey Boggs | Photos: Sherene Abraham
Alpharetta, GA /////////////////////////////////////////////////////
ga We had a lot of fun at the Foster Care Support Foundation, Inc. sorting and organizing the items in their warehouse. The Foster Care Support Foundation provides free clothing, infant equipment and developmental toys to thousands of foster children in foster care.

Special thanks to:
Photos: Sarah Buck & Rita Grindle
New York, NY //////////////////////////////////////////////////////
ny We played games, made new friends, and had a ton of fun raising some funds for The Door -- a local NY organization that strives to empower young people to reach their potential by providing comprehensive youth development services in a diverse and caring environment.

Special thanks to:
Fernanda DeSouza | Photos: Emmily Chang
Detroit, MI //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
mi We helped bring art-inspired restoration to the Heidelberg Project located in Detroit's East Side by painting the park benches and doing some serious garden clean up throughout the neighborhood. The Heidelberg Project's mission is to improve the lives of people and neighborhoods through art. They work to inspire people to appreciate and use artistic expression to enrich their lives and to improve the social and economic health of their greater community.

Special thanks to:
Blight Busters | Arts & Scraps | Chipotle | Photos: Sherene Abraham & Kelly Ardito
Chicago, IL ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
il With help from the Music Works Program, we undertook a restoration project at the New Sullivan Elementary School which included creating an art-inspired memorial garden.

Special thanks to:
Seve Ponce de Leon | Chipotle | IIImagine That Face Painting | Photos: Carlos Reyes
Minneapolis, MN //////////////////////////////////////////////////
or We worked at Second Harvest Heartland to help sort and pack much needed food items for families in need in the Heartland area.

Special thanks to:
Photos: Rita Grindle
Seattle, WA //////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
wa We partnered with the Pomegratate Center to build and install benches at the Tavon Center in Issaquah, WA. We also did a little clean up in their garden.

Special thanks to:
Francine Strickwerda | Mark Kashman | Photos: Tracy Dethlefs
Portland, OR /////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
mn We worked at the Oregon Food Bank to help sort and organize donated food and along the way learned that there are 3,002 beans in a 2 lb. bag. We fed 12,000 people with the beans we bagged.

Special thanks to:
Photos: Shelby Sherman
Los Angeles, CA /////////////////////////////////////////////////
ca1 We worked with Little Free Library, Transition Mar Vista, and The Joyful Activist to build library boxes that will promote literacy and spread the love of reading in our community. 

Special thanks to:
Irv's StoryTime | Angela Clubb | MOVMT Shoes | Whole Foods | Video: Jeremy Ruhl | Photos: Adam Pieratt
Los Angeles, CA /////////////////////////////////////////////////
ca We partnered with the Social Justice Learning Institute to paint a mural with artist Justin Nowland and undertake some huge gardening projects at Warren Lane Elementary School in Inglewood, CA.

Special thanks to:
Chipotle | Ron from Malibu Scapes & Ponds | MOVMT Shoes | Photos: Crystal Peabody
Morrison, CO ////////////////////////////////////////////////////////
cure co
We partnered with Project Cure in Centennial, CO to package medical supplies for developing countries in need and paint posters for children's rooms at a hospital in Mexico.
foster We also raised money at the Red Rocks Foster The People concert to help the
Colorado Wildfire Relief Fund

Together, we raised almost $16,000!

Special thanks to:
Philanthropy Field Trips
Salt Lake City, UT ////////////////////////////////////////////////
ut We partnered with Heart2Home for a restoration kick off at the Dream Center which included painting a mural (despite the rain!) and sorting donated items for families in need. Each week the Dream Center supports almost 100 students in after school tutoring, art and music classes, and anti-gang mentoring. The Dream Center feeds and clothes over 400 individuals weekly through their charitable donations to the refugee population.

Special thanks to:
Serve Ur Village | Irv's StoryTime | Chipotle | Photos: Crystal Adamson
Las Vegas, NV ////////////////////////////////////////////////////
squirt Volunteers worked hard in the heat to help beautify Cambridge Recreation Center. Working closely with local artist, Jerry Misko, volunteers created a mural for the center's skate park.

Special thanks to:
Irv's StoryTime | The Cosmopolitan Hotel | Photos: Adam Pieratt

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