Over the past year, Artists 4 Education has worked in conjunction with Matrix System Automotive Finishes, a Quest Automotive brand, to organize efforts to raise money and industry awareness for the I-CAR Collision Repair Education Foundation. This endeavor involved the expert skills of the industry’s top automotive artists and industry partners across the country.
With the participation of various industry partners such as Nuplex Resins, M.F. Cachet Company, Chromaflo Technologies, Dan-Am Company/SATA, Airbrush Action, Anest Iwata, Dedoes Industries, Dorn Color, Miller Electric, FBS - Finding Better Solutions, and Pro-Spray Finishes, cash donations and items were donated to help support the cause.
The all-star artist line-up involved some of some of the best airbrushers and pinstripers in the industry: Nub, Steve DeMan, Mike Learn, Mitch Peacock, Ron “Flea” Fleenor, Bugs, Armando Serrano, Jeff Styles, Jonathan Pantaleon, Ryan Evans, Richard “Duke” Bobinac, Pat Paldino, James Kunzinger, Darryl Strader, Don Ruks, John Wargo, Mark Marion, Justin Nichols, Michael Maggard and Josh Bourassa.
David Brunori, President of Quest Automotive Products, explains that, “It is our responsibility as industry participants to support the I-CAR Collision Repair Education Foundation whose sole purpose is to raise awareness to the growing shortage of certified technicians entering the collision repair industry. Our 1st annual Artists 4 Education campaign was a huge success—the artist community and manufacturers stepped up in a big way. We are truly humbled by their commitment to the cause.”
“On behalf of the I-CAR Collision Repair Education Foundation staff, Board of Trustees, and the high school/college collision students nationwide that we support, we would like to thank Artists 4 Education and their supporters for this incredible fundraising program. It was incredible to see all the various auction items and how so many came out to support the program through donations and bids. With many collision school programs across the country facing reduced and limited budgets, these funds will go a long way with assisting in the students’ technical education. We look forward to working together next year to help make this program even bigger and better,” said Collision Repair Education Foundation Director of Development, Brandon Eckenrode.
For 2014 we are looking forward to engaging more awesome artists in our industry to participate! If Artists 4 Education can help one student enter into this growing industry, the mission was a success.
For more information about Artists 4 Education, go to: www.artists4education.org.