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Lubbock non-profit finds its home

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

It is a big step for Danielle East, founder of the non-profit East Lubbock Art House, to have a physical space dedicated to the group.

The walls in its new 2,300 sq. ft. studio on MLK boulevard, are a blank canvas for some major plans. 

"It's a really nice space, and it's larger than I ever thought it would be. So it's really nice to be able to have events, exhibitions, and just a place to go and also be able to support local businesses and local artists," East explained.

East's work began even before she got the keys to the new space. When schools moved to online formats,  she began putting together art kits for students.

"I just had a bunch of old art supplies that I wasn't using, and then we got a small grant to buy more art supplies to kids in East Lubbock," East said.

Now she, along with some volunteers, are working to give away 200 more. 

East, who is an artist herself, recognizes the power art has and wants this space to be accessible for everyone. 

"Sometimes it brings joy, and often it just brings an expression of feelings. A lot of people don't know what they're trying to say or how they feel and this really helps them," she said.

The community has been very supportive of the non-profit, with donations pouring in for its upcoming event of Graffiti Nights, from paint cans and to a fundraiser on Facebook which has already reached its goal, and still growing.

"Artists will be working on murals inside and outside the building, so we'll have about 10 to 12 artists that will be working on specific projects and they'll have to do with different social injustices," East explained.

"Graffiti Nights" will take place each weekend during the month of September. Some murals will stay at the gallery, while others will be on display across the East side of town. 

"We also want to just be a seed in the community, where people don't just see the injustices happening, just this momentum dying out. So we'll be a place where it keeps going," she said.


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