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