project leader
Abigail G
Loudoun Street
(Winchester Virginia and the Northern Shenandoah Valley )
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Over Halfway to Our Goal!!!

the project

To support Youth of Color and Communities affected by Covid-19 in Winchester, Virginia and the Northern Shenandoah Valley, Arte Libre VA (ALVA) will present a series of projects and programs that will use the arts as a way to uplift and support our Communities in this time of crisis and trauma.  This program is called Arte Libre in the Time of Corona.  

The first phase of Arte Libre in the Time of Corona is creating an Free ALVA Art Kit, with art supplies and project ideas, that will be delivered to Youth of Color in identified partner programs and to those who don't have access to the arts due to the Covid-19 pandemic, free of charge, during the month of May.  ALVA will arrange no-contact delivery of Free ALVA Art Kits for up to 240 participating Youth.

The second phase of this program is commissioning artists and teaching artists to create original artwork and web-based content for ALVA to present to Youth of Color and communities affected by Covid-19, as Free Virtual ALVA Workshops.  Content generated will be in Spanish, as well as English.  This will provide paid work for up to 20 artists and 10 teaching artists, as well as free access for Youth of Color to quality arts education and programming.

The third element of Arte Libre in the Time of Corona is facilitating a series of Virtual Community Mural Collaborations.  Mural panels will be painted by ALVA founder and artist Abigail Gomez, after Youth of Color and members of the community contribute the imagery and content for the mural panels, which will then be installed in public spaces.  The murals will be informed and created by Youth, collaborating virtually in this time of physical distancing.  

the steps


  • Order and assemble supplies for the Free ALVA Art Kits
  • Connect with Youth recipients through partnering organizations and deliver the Free ALVA Art Kits
  • Put out calls for Artists and Teaching Artists
  • Commission selected Artists and Teaching Artists to develop content for Virtual ALVA Workshops
  • Create a channel to provide free web access to Virtual ALVA Workshops 
  • Develop virtual lines of communication for collaboration with Youth through partnering organizations
  • Collaborate on Community Murals 
  • Order supplies and materials for Community Murals
  • Design compositions for Community Murals
  • Paint Community Murals
  • Install Community Murals in public spaces around Winchester VA and the Northern Shenandoah Valley
  • Document and share the artwork created with Arte Libre in the Time of Corona 

why we're doing it

I am a Latinx visual artist, teaching artist, arts advocate, and I am the founder of Arte Libre VA (ALVA).  ALVA uses the concept of a mobile art studio to empower Latinx and Youth of Color through equitable access to quality arts education and programming.  At this time of uncertainty and fear, I want to use the arts as a way to offer support to Youth of Color and Communities of Color, as well as others affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.  I want to provide free, equitable and accessible arts programming to Youth in our community, as well as expand ALVA's relationship with the community by providing programming that will use the arts as a way to uplift our communities in this time of crisis and trauma.

Arte Libre in the Time of Corona  will create equitable access to the arts for Youth of Color and those in communities affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in Winchester and the Northern Shenandoah Valley.

This project will pay and support artists and teaching artists for sharing their talents at a time when many are out of work.

Arte Libre in the Time of Corona will not only strengthen our community partnerships with nonprofits, local government, and Youth of Color, but it will also support and foster a sense of community pride, as the creative collaborative output of the Youth become a pieces of public art.  Uplifting communities during this time of shared crisis through the arts is very important to us, and is something we hope to achieve through Arte Libre in the Time of Corona.   




TOTAL RAISED = $3,340.00 $3,340.00
ioby Platform Fee waived $35.00
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $78.45 $77.40
TOTAL TO DISBURSE= $3,261.55 $3,227.60


Free ALVA Art Kits:  $1050 for 240 kits 

Stipends for Artists:  $1600 ( x20 artists)

Stipends for Teaching Artists:  $1000 ( x10 teaching artists) 

Virtual Community Mural Collaborations:  $2000 for 10 murals (materials + artist + donation to ALVA)

ioby Platform Fee Waived 35
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%) $175 $176
TOTAL TO RAISE = $5,825 $5,861


Over Halfway to Our Goal!!!

We're over halfway to our goal!  Thank you everyone who has so generously supported Arte Libre in the Time of Corona!  With your support we've been able to make a BIG impact on the Youth in our Community through equitable access to the Arts.

To date, we've been able to create and distribute over 900 Free ALVA Art Kits, and we've been able to hire 13 artists- and we are so excited to continue to provide art opportunities for Youth of Color and those impacted by the global pandemic.  

Mil Gracias y Adelante!


THANK YOU for Your #GivingTuesdayNow Donations!

Sending out a HUGE THANKS to everyone who donated to Arte Libre in the Time of Corona on Giving Tuesday and this week- we're almost 1/3 of the way to our goal!!!  We're busy getting Free ALVA Art Kits ready for delivery tomorrow, thanks to your support, and we are so excited about being able to continue working on this project!  


25% to our Goal!!!

Hey Everyone!  

We are so excited about the initial enthusiasm and support for this crowdfunding campaign!  We cannot thank our early donors enough!  But now we really need your help to share and find like-minded community members who want to support our Youth through the Arts!  

We have 3 days left of matching funds available, and want to maximize our impact by raising as much as we can in that short time!  Will you help us by donating and sharing our campaign today?  

Thank you all so much!  We really are #strongertogether!  


This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration


  • Maureen, Lily and Payton
  • Monika, Dora+kids, Patrick, Miranda, Denise, Chris, Lisa, Laureen, Amanda, Mina, Benjamin, Arusha + kids, Daniel, Susan, O'Shannon
  • Johanna Hix
  • Ellie T.
  • Anonymous
  • Geraldine K.
  • AJ
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  • Mabaya B.
  • Diane Schnoor
  • Jennifer M.
  • Geraldine K.
  • Anonymous
  • Dr Diane
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  • Madelyn R.
  • Hatsy Sagan
  • Christine S.
  • Cynthia S.
  • PRK Drilling & Blasting
  • Johanna H.
  • Anonymous
  • Progressive Radiology of Winchester
  • Lana W.
  • Susan and Matthew R.
  • Ron G.
  • Abigail G.
  • Katie S.
  • Pam C.
  • Maya's Cheese Claw
  • Victoria Zabala