Monkey Mind Art Studio and Gallery in downtown Frankfort is harnessing the power of prayer flags to benefit its exhibits, programs and classes through an ongoing community fundraiser.
The Prayer Flag Project invites Frankfort residents to decorate a canvas flag to donate to the gallery. The flags will be raffled off at a reception on Nov. 17.
Gallery owner Patty McWilliams said the concept behind the raffle was that everyone would receive the flag they were meant to have. She explained that the project combines the arts and holistic health, both of which are key components of Monkey Mind’s identity.
“Once it’s hanging outdoors and, ideally, flapping in the wind, the prayers are being carried,” said McWilliams.
Half the money raised through the Prayer Flag Project will benefit the gallery and its scholarship fund. The other half will be donated to Half the Sky, an organization dedicated to educating women and girls in developing countries.
The Monkey Mind scholarship fund offers free classes to children with special circumstances, such as a sick parent or a low-income family. Scholarships are also available to adults in treatment for cancer.
The gallery hopes to raise $500. $250 would cover the cost of scholarships for two students.
“The gallery itself, like all galleries, really needs that outside support,” said McWilliams.
Painter and Frankfort resident Gary Price is among the project’s participating artists. He is also a member of Monkey Mind.
Price is painting six flags with affirming words, such as “inspire,” “hope” and “faith,” using a different color for each. When complete, the flags will make a rainbow.
“It promotes Frankfort as an art community,” said Price, in reference to the gallery. “I just like the connection with other artists.”
The Flag Project reception will take place from 1-3 p.m. at Monkey Mind. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase on the Monkey Mind website.
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