Our Program Partners

Our program partners support Art Buddies in many ways:

  • providing access to students and schools

  • donating office space and art supplies

  • recruiting creative mentors

  • hosting fundraisers

  • expanding to new cities through licensed program partnerships

Want to become a program partner?

Please contact us with your interest.

AIGA, the professional association for design
The largest and oldest professional membership organization for design, with 67 chapters and over 22,000 members nationwide. Many AIGA Minnesota members have volunteered for Art Buddies.

American Advertising Federation (Ad Fed)
A national trade association representing 50,000 advertising professionals and connecting the industry through a network of local clubs. The Advertising Federation of Minnesota has supported Art Buddies for years.

American Institute of Architects (AIA)
A national nonprofit association for architects. A number of AIA Minnesota members have volunteered for Art Buddies.

American Society of Interior Designers (ASID)
The oldest and largest professional association for interior designers, with 40,000 members nationwide, and 48 local chapters. A number of ASID Minnesota members have volunteered for Art Buddies.

Bancroft Elementary School
Bancroft Elementary provides IB PYP programming for K-5 students with a focus on respect for self, community, and the world. Bancroft has been an Art Buddies partner school in Minneapolis since 2011.

Barack & Michelle Obama Elementary School
Obama Elementary is a family-friendly place that works closely with parents to ensure the success of all K-5 scholars to become leaders in their community through core subjects along with fun and engaging activities. Obama has been an Art Buddies partner school in St. Paul since 2018.

Carmichael Lynch
A Minnesota advertising agency that has donated office and technology support to Art Buddies since 1998. Over the years, a number of Carmichael Lynch employees have volunteered as Art Buddies.

Communication Arts
The leading trade journal for visual communications and the largest design magazine in the world. Communication Arts showcases the top work in advertising and design, and was a major funder of Art Buddies for twenty years.

Doug Knutson Photography
Doug Knutson has provided in-kind professional photography for Art Buddies programs and events since our beginning in 1994. Many of the photos on our website and marketing materials were taken by Doug.

Mentoring Partnership of Minnesota
A nonprofit organization which provides support to mentors and mentoring programs in the state of Minnesota. MPM is dedicated to connecting youth with quality mentoring experiences, and has helped Art Buddies since its beginning.

Minneapolis Community Education (MCE)
Our long-time partner in supporting our After-School programs. MCE provides the space, coordination and transportation that makes Art Buddies possible in Minneapolis Public Schools.

Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association (MIMA)
A nonprofit professional organization working to elevate the quality of interactive marketing in Minnesota and around the country. MIMA hosts events that bring the interactive community together. A number of MIMA members have volunteered for Art Buddies.

Posters & Pints
Created by Minneapolis designers Nathan and Margarita O'Brien, Posters & Pints was an annual art show+beer tasting+fundraiser for Art Buddies. The event featured limited-edition themed prints by 40 local artists and tastings from 20+ local breweries.

Public Relations Society of America (PRSA)
The largest organization for public relations professionals, with 32,000 members nationwide, and 100 local chapters. A number of PRSA Minnesota members have volunteered for Art Buddies.

Whittier International Elementary School
Whittier provides IB PYP programming with a rich arts focus for K-5 students to become inquirers, critical thinkers and communicators. Whittier has been an Art Buddies partner school in Minneapolis since 1997.

Women's Foundation of Minnesota
The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota invests in innovation to drive gender equity in Minnesota. We are grateful for their important work and the donor advised funding we have received to support our after-school programs.