Artist Raises Money for Local School

Franco Mondini-Ruiz paints with second graders at Valley View Elementary

Friday, Jan 29, 2010  |  Updated 3:52 PM PDT
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Budget cuts have all but eliminated art from many classrooms in the Bay Area.  But some second graders at an East Bay elementary school recently got a lesson in painting and charity from a famous artist.   Jessica Aguirre reports.

Budget cuts have all but eliminated art from many classrooms in the Bay Area. But some second graders at an East Bay elementary school recently got a lesson in painting and charity from a famous artist. Jessica Aguirre reports.

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Acclaimed painter Franco Mondini-Ruiz has some strong feelings about the staggering budget cuts that have left arts education in a shambles in many schools districts across the country.

"By not promoting art we are crippling kids," says Mondini-Ruiz. "And it's going to be one of the greatest crimes of our generation if we don't do something about it."

So he is doing something about it.

The artist is donating 50% of the proceeds from the sale of his works at a local fundraising event to Valley View Elementary School in Pleasanton:

"Arte es Vida"

Saturday, February 6

7 - 10 pm

Veteran's Memorial Building in downtown Pleasanton

$25 per person (grown ups only)

Call Valley View Elementary School for advance tickets: (925) 426-4230

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