Arivva Center for Arts & Technology Receives Second Gift from State Farm


TACOMA, Wash. – Arivva Center for Arts and Technology has been deemed a worthwhile endeavor by State Farm, as the company recently pledged a gift of $10,000 to Arivva’s Visual & Digital Art Program. This is the second gift State Farm has made to Arivva in so many years. Thanks to these recent substantial contributions by State Farm and other organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, MultiCare Health Systems, and the Clay Art Center, Arivva has gained momentum in its efforts to bring hope and opportunity to young adults in Parkland.

Led by Executive Director Dan Bissonnette and Arivva’s Board of community leaders (including Doty Shareholder, Shelley Drury and Marketing Manager, Sarah Gray), Arivva has been working with Pacific Lutheran University (PLU) on a major in-kind donation to open a world-class facility at 121st S and Pacific Avenue, which will provide afterschool arts programs for high school students, and career training programs for high school graduates. “The work Arivva will be doing fits right into PLU’s mission of educating students for lives of thoughtful inquiry, service, leadership and care – for other people, for their communities and for the Earth,” shared Sue Liden, Director of Risk Services at PLU.

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State Farm’s support of Arivva’s mission is individual employment-focused according to Community Relations / Public Affairs spokesperson, Ty Cordova. The company’s contribution will directly impact the realization of dreams for those in the Parkland community by supporting Arivva’s current focus of building analysis and design, pre-operations planning, and pilot programs.

Arivva is an affiliate of the National Center for Arts & Technology, joining a network of centers that have adapted the Manchester Bidwell Education Model. This model has, for decades, been used across the United States to address low educational achievement among youth, as well as high unemployment rates among adults in distressed communities. Discussions are currently being held among Pierce County and Washington state legislators regarding allocation of funds that would support the organization on its path to increase high school graduation rates, post-secondary education, and employment rates for high-school students and transitional adults in Parkland, Midland, Spanaway and other unincorporated communities of south Pierce County.

Arivva’s mission is to building pathways to achievement and self-sufficiency through arts-based youth development and industry-specific career training in an environment that fosters creativity and individual empowerment. All services are provided at no cost to students.

Arivva is seeking time, talent, and treasure to make its vision a reality. If you are an individual or business that is interested in supporting Arivva’s efforts, for more information or to get involved please email Arivva is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.  All donations are tax deductible. Tax ID # 81-4175391.

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