Art Feeds wins $25,000 grant in online competition

Photo: Jordan Comer, Art Feeds

A Fayetteville organization just got a huge shot in the arm.

Art Feeds, a local therapeutic art and creative education organization that works with children all over the region, was one of five winners of a $25,000 Jimmie Johnson Foundation grant through the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope Program.

Art Feeds won the grant by receiving votes in an online competition. More than 195,000 votes were cast for the 10 semi-finalists during the voting period, and Art Feeds received the most, with over 8,000 more than the second place vote-getter.

With the award, the organization will also receive a Blue Bunny ice cream party and special recognition on Johnson’s race helmet during the NASCAR Cup Series race on August 13, 2017 at Michigan International Speedway.

“Art Feeds is thrilled to be a recipient of the grant funding,” said founder Meg Bourne. “It was a huge collaborative effort of ongoing voting with all of our community supporters.”

Bourne said the grand will allow Art Feeds to continue their efforts in Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas. Last year, the organization worked with more than 7,000 children across the region.