The ArTs at Bost program just got a fantastic boost, thanks to the Blue & You Foundation! The program began in 2017 as a fun and educational way to for individuals served by Bost, Inc. to find a creative outlet, help them achieve their goals of artistic expression, and greatly improve their belief in themselves. ArTs at Bost has had two art exhibits in Fort Smith and has taken the “show on the road” to a show in Little Rock.
With the nearly $7,000 grant, the program will expand to include more classes, an additional art exhibit, a calendar publication, and other opportunities to showcase the work of those served by Bost.
“Our grants this year went to programs across the state that address such issues as nutrition and exercise, food insecurity, emergency medical services and medical professional education,” said Patrick O’Sullivan, executive director of the Blue & You Foundation.
Bost, Inc.’s mission is people supporting individuals with disabilities and behavioral health needs to meet their life goals through their vision of communities working together empowering individuals to improve their overall health and achieve greater independence.
Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield established the Blue & You Foundation in 2001 as a charitable foundation to promote better health in Arkansas. The Blue & You Foundation awards grants annually to non-profit or governmental organizations and programs that positively affect the health of Arkansans.
In its 17 years of operation, the Blue & You Foundation has awarded $33 million to 1,566 health improvement programs in Arkansas. The Blue & You Foundation received 232 grant applications in 2018 requesting $17 million in support.
The foundation is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and serves the state of Arkansas. The foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.
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