RAYNIER FOUNDATION GRANT
Western Neon School of Art is pleased to announce that we have received a significant grant from the Raynier Institute & Foundation, a private organization committed to supporting non-profit groups serving the areas of arts and culture, education, the environment, animal welfare, and healthcare and human services.
The Raynier Foundation was established by James (Jim) Widener Ray, a prolific supporter of the arts. Born in California, Jim later moved to Seattle and became a popular character of Capitol Hill. In 1992 he opened the Eagle Eye Gallery & Emporium, Ltd. to provide a space for new and upcoming artists to display their work. The gallery transitioned into the Raynier Institute & Foundation in 1994. Since then, the foundation has provided support to countless non-profits in a variety of spheres. Jim passed away at age 52 on October 9, 2005, leaving his entire $80 million estate to the foundation. The Raynier Institute & Foundation has continued his legacy, providing grants to groups of a charitable nature that will carry out projects and programs of high merit for the betterment of humanity.
Western Neon School of Art is extremely grateful to be the Raynier Foundation’s most recent grant recipient. With their assistance, we will be able to make long-term improvements and additions to our facility, programming, and outreach. We are looking forward to what we can accomplish with this funding – stay tuned for announcements of upcoming changes.
Learn more about what the Raynier Institute & Foundation does here and explore other projects they’ve funded here. We are incredibly appreciative of their support – keep an eye out on our News page here for future updates. Follow us on Instagram for information about upcoming classes, events, exciting collaborations, and artist highlights. Questions? Send us an email.