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Be Artful - February 23rd

Interurban Center for the Arts to Host “Be Artful” Feb. 23

to Support Art Docent Programs in Local Schools 

The Interurban Center for the Arts is excited to host its fourth annual fundraiser, Be Artful, on Thursday, February 23rd (6 – 10 PM) at Green River College’s Lindbloom Student Center (Auburn campus, 12401 SE 320th St., Auburn, WA 98092). All proceeds from this fun-filled event will raise money to elevate art education in local elementary schools.

Guests will come together to create their own masterpiece while enjoying signature bites, a silent auction and live music from Root5. Participants can join two of three distinctive art activities. The events featured artist, Wen Qian, will lead a painting project using coffee. A sample is pictured below. Artist Alice Kares will lead a project using alcohol inks, and artist Miranda Ward will lead a painting project using wine and oil pastels.

Tickets for Be Artful are available online for $25 per person or $40 for two people. Guests must be 21 or older to participate. Casual attire is appropriate for those who want to create their own art.

For more information about Be Artful, contact Monica Tolas

at 253-833-9111 ext. 2735 or via email at

To buy tickets online, visit

About the Interurban Center for the Arts

The ICA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing local elementary school age children with arts education. The ICA has been an outreach program funded and supported by the Green River College Foundation for 32 years. Currently, the ICA supports 35 elementary schools in eight school districts. The ICA provides support to 500 adult volunteers who, in turn, bring monthly art lessons to nearly 17,000 elementary age school children.

Interurban Center for the Arts 4th Annual Painting with the Stars


Registration is now available.  Click on the Flyer or on Purchase Tickets


Tickets for the 50th Anniversary Gala will go on sale in February.

IRA Charitable Transfers approved for 2015 and beyond

 On Dec. 18, 2015, the president signed into law the Protecting Americans from Tax Hikes Act of 2015. The new law made the IRA charitable rollover retroactive to Jan. 1, 2015, and will remain in effect for 2016 and beyond. 

Donors 70½ or older are once again eligible to move up to $100,000 from their IRAs directly to qualified charities without having to pay income tax on the money.

Here is a recap of the IRA charitable rollover rules. Your donor can make a direct transfer if:

  1. The donor is age 70½ or older on the day of the gift.
  2. The donor transfers up to $100,000 directly from the donor’s IRA to one or more qualified charities. This opportunity applies only to IRAs and not to other types of retirement plans.
  3. The donor does not receive any goods or services in return for the rollover gift in order to qualify for tax-free treatment.
  4. The gift needs to be made by Dec. 31, 2015, for the gift to qualify this year.

For more information on giving through your IRA, visit


Green River Kicks off it's 50th Anniversary.

First 50 Breakfast was a success, because of YOU!

The Green River College Foundation Kicked off the 50th's Annivsary celebrations with the First 50 Breakfast on September10th,w ith over 200 individuals gather for breakfast and a morning of sharing stories. 

The Kent Reporter was there and did a feature story on the first president, Mel Lindbloom. Read it here.

Mel Lindbloom, Green River College’s first president, has left his legacy at the school. A new student union building on the main campus in Auburn, set to open later this year, will bear his name.  - Heidi Sanders, Kent Reporter

Mel Lindbloom, Green River College’s first president, has left his legacy at the school. A new student union building on the main campus in Auburn, set to open later this year, will bear his name.

— image credit: Heidi Sanders, Kent Reporter


Thank you for joining us at the First 50 Breakfast on September 10th.

50th Bfast invite





Auburn's BenchMark Program

The GRC Interurban Center For The Arts was delighted to participate in the City of Auburn’s inaugural BenchMarks community art program!

The ICA worked in conjunction with some of its member schools to “art-ify” one of 14 benches. The bench was inspired by the artwork of James Rizzi and reflects the ICA’s commitment to (a) ‘Better education through art”. The benches will be placed in outdoor locations throughout Auburn for all to use and enjoy.

The City of Auburn unveiled these 14 benches at their annual Fourth of July City Celebration. If you see one, scan the QR code to find out more about the artists and organization.

Visit The BenchMark webpage to learn more!