Lucinda Kruy has cheerfully dedicated hours of pro-bono design work to Project 440, which continues to save us both time and money! We cannot thank her enough for all she has done for us, and for her willingness to stay with us long after our initial project was completed. Many thanks also to Catchafire.org and the Philadelphia Foundation for making our work with Lucinda possible.
Here, in her own words, is a snapshot of Lucinda and her connection to Project 440:
I have been fortunate throughout my career as a graphic designer to work in a variety of sectors, including the newspaper industry, agencies representing Fortune 500 companies, and corporate in-house branding and marketing departments. But I jumped at the opportunity to do some volunteer design for Project 440. As a musician, I've always sought organizations and networks supportive of the arts, and I realize the importance of providing young people a strong platform on which to start cultivating their skills. Although I did not pursue a professional career in music, I have spent years as a performing singer, songwriter, and musician, and I owe this incredibly enriching facet of my life to the support and encouragement I received when I was young. We live in a time when arts programs are being stripped of funding, sending the message that these skills are frivolous at best, and worthless at worst. Project 440 challenges that notion by teaching how the skills learned by participating in music can be applicable to other essential proficiencies that will sustain young adults throughout their lives, regardless of their paths.
I have recently been working on establishing a nonprofit project called Sanctuary City Music Project (www.sanctuarycitymusicproject.com) that will result in a compilation of Seattle musicians and benefit many local and national human rights groups. I also play in a local indie rock band in Seattle called Pity Kiss. My website is www.lucindakruy.net.