Our Mission

Welcome to Color Outside the Lines!

Color Outside the Lines is a non-profit that strives to empower and inspire foster and at-risk youth by providing opportunities with art, music, movement and creativity. We believe in the power of art to transform lives and to promote mental and emotional health. We provide creative workshops and art experiences in a joyful, healing, and developmentally engaging environments.

Due to the recent shift that everyone is experiencing from the Covid-19 crisis,  Color Outside the Lines has halted in-person classes and events.  We are instead using this time to support the many foster youth that could use the extra creativity and now more than ever, by sending out creative kits. These kits will include multiple art supplies, a journal, an instrument, toys, and words of encouragement to the foster youth that could use it the most.  You can join in this effort by sponsoring a youth to send a creative kit to!  Please visit our donate now page to learn more.  

During these times stuck at home, or a home that does not feel like home, these youth could use some added fun and relief more than ever.  We hope to be able to send each selected youth a new kit every month to give them something to look forward to. 

As this project is rolled out, we will be sending out new kits every month to give the kids something to look forward to, as well as offering digital art, music and dance classes for those with computer access. 

Color Outside the Lines believes that all children should have the opportunity to grow creatively, no matter of their background. Many studies have proven that having a creative outlet not only allows children to heal and grow from turbulent pasts, but also aids in mental, emotional and physical well being. Over 10,000 youth spent at least a day in foster care last year in Oregon alone. We are focused on bringing those children the creative opportunities that may help them to grow, learn and thrive.

Sponsor a Foster Youth to Receive a Creative Kit

We are currently raising money to support to sending foster youth creative kits during the Covid19 outbreak; to help youth feel supported, inspired and cared for through creativity. You can safely make a donation via PayPal or credit card to Color Outside The Lines to support art and music  programs for at-risk children and youth in foster care. All donations go directly to support creative outreach programming for the youth we serve. 

Donate now or sign up for the recurring donation program 

Introducing the Unity Project

A collaborative public art project between 24 pairs of artists foster youth.  These large are panels are now up on public display located at 1111 E Burnside for the next 7-10 years. 

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