'RTH' Art Exhibit Fundraiser  

Quinn Whelan

I created the 'Rooted to Hope' Art Exhibit fundraiser at the beginning of my junior year and like many things, it was adversely affected by the Covid 19 pandemic. The show was postponed (originally slated for March 21st to April 19th 2020) and fundraising efforts derailed as the world came to a halt. I'm now a senior at Westhill High School in Stamford CT, and have worked with the Stamford Art Association to bring this project to completion as a virtual art show this past fall. My goal is to raise money and increase awareness about ongoing and recent acceleration of global deforestation.  I chose to donate all money received to the Coalition for Rainforest Nations because I believe in their work and see the success that the CfRN has garnered already. I have partnered with local and corporate businesses for sponsorship and am so grateful for the outpouring of support and encouragement that I have received during this unprecedented time. I have raised over $6500 for this important cause, so far.

The show was titled ‘Rooted to Hope’ because climate change can sometimes feel overwhelming but my hope is that real change can happen by connecting small positive steps towards conservation. The theme of the show was 'Connection'.  The artists were asked to submit a piece that represented a time when they felt connected to nature. The show was open to members of the Stamford Art Association and students from Stamford Public Schools, as well as all local artists. This was a juried show with cash prizes for First, Second and Third place honors. Proceeds went to the Coalition for Rainforest Nations.


Due to Covid 19, The Virtual Art Exhibit was re-scheduled to November 15th to December 17th 2020