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The “Artist the Artist” Foundation was established in memory of my beloved son Artis James (AJ) who was an aspiring visual artist.  After his passing (2/20/12), I was in distress over such a promising career that would not come to fruition because his talent was silenced.  While searching for answers, I was prompted to purchase the domain name “Artis the Artist.com”.  In May 2012, the first $500 scholarship was awarded to a graduating senior from AJ’s high school.  It was a year later that the Foundation was officially formed.  

Our goal for May of 2022 (the 10th year), is to award five $5,000 scholarships to graduating seniors who plan to study in “The Arts” (Visual, Preforming Literary, Music, etc.). 


“All of the love and energy that I would have poured into my son AJ,
I now pour into this Foundation and other young artists. “   

~Arlener Steels-Poydras, AJ’s Mom

Contact:  arlener.poydras@gmail.com