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was David Blanco
- David was the only child of loving parents. He accomplished
a great deal in his twenty five years. David excelled artistically,
academically, and physically throughout his life. A year after
he graduated summa cum laude from California Polytechnic University,
he was killed in an automobile accident. He was a new employee
with Hewlett-Packard in their San Jose offices, and was building
a very successful career with them. On May 1,1993 he decided
to visit his parents for the weekend. He left late at night and on the way he was killed in a car accident. At that moment the lives of
David's parents were changed forever.
David's mother, Elizabeth Blanco, knew that the only thing
that she could possibly do was to pour all the love
she had for David into an organization that would honor his
memory. One year later, The David Nathan Blanco Foundation
was born. David will always be remembered as an example of
Potential Fulfilled. His energy and commitment to the values
he held serve as a guide for others and the focus for the
efforts of all who contribute to this foundation.
- Our Mission
- The David Nathan Blanco Foundation was established on the
belief that our society cannot flourish unless its children
are raised with love and opportunity. The mission of the foundation
is to support educational opportunities for young people who
otherwise do not have the resources or the access. Because
of David's artistic ability and his appreciation for the creative
mind, this foundation develops and supports art projects programs
and individuals in the communities that want or need such
- Love is the cornerstone of success. Self-esteem, hope, caring
and respect are built on a foundation of love. David had all
of the above because he was loved by so many. All activities
of this foundation have these elements in place before any
program or project is approved.
- Opportunity Through Education
- The first five years since the foundation was born more
than ten thousand dollars was raised for an endowment in David's
name at California Polytechnic University. This endowment
gives students the opportunity to succeed for as long as the
life of the school. The endowment continues to grow every
year thanks to all the wonderful people who contribute.
- Opportunity Through Art Education
The Superclown Children's Art Gallery and Network. Superclown
is the imaginary character created by David when he was 5
or 6 years old. The gallery was established in January
1999 in Afton, Minnesota and is the project of its two founders,
Elizabeth Blanco and Gina Jarvi.
- What is changing?
- An increasing number of schools are dropping art education
from their curricula because of state funding reversals. It
is the foundation's belief that the arts gives children and
youth an important outlet for their emotional lives. To take
such programming out of the public schools is a serious move
in light of the increase in violent acts in schools by youth.
The art gallery is a place that professionally shows children's
artwork. Children's art is most often considered undeveloped
by the "art world". In fact, children's art is a
window into what is really going on within a child's experience.
It is not that children's art is undeveloped, but rather,
children are not yet so sophisticated to have intellectual
answers for what they do. Art is the work of young people
and it deserves a mat, a frame and an audience.
The gallery is also mobile. Staff go to where the education
is needed and develop art shows in those communities. They
try to establish collaborative relationships with galleries
in the area to present the work it's children have completed.
The gallery is a place that strives to make children and youth
feel welcome and where they can learn and have fun.
- Your Role
- Join us in working to provide opportunity. Foundation funds
are used to encourage students of all ages, interests, and
abilities. From special art projects to scholarships that
further a young person's education, your contribution will
be an important part of someone's educational success. Knowledge
that benefits the individual will, in turn, benefit all of
us fight for the future by fighting ignorance!