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Art and Community Support Come Together at MarinScapes

This annual art event in Marin raises funds for Buckelew Programs, which helps those in need in our community with behavioral health and recovery services. [Sponsored]


MarinScapes is celebrating its 31st anniversary this year from June 20 to 23. This four-day fine art exhibition, which features an opening Gala and an art sale, is held at the historic Escalle Winery in Larkspur brings together more than 30 local landscape artists dedicated to helping the community by helping to raise funds for Buckelew Programs. This organization supports those struggling with mental illness, addictions and other disorders to achieve their goals and improve their health and quality of life. Their mission is to promote recovery, resilience and hope by providing behavioral health and support services that enhance quality of life.


As part of our social impact series, Katrin Ciaffa, director of development at Buckelew Programs, explains the importance of both Buckelew and the MarinScapes event.


How does the work of Buckelew Programs does have a positive social impact in our community?

Founded in 1970, Buckelew Programs helps nearly 10,000 people each year with mental health, addiction, and related behavioral health challenges lead healthier, more independent lives, strengthening families and communities in the process. We believe in treating people, not conditions, so we tailor treatment and support services to the unique needs of each individual. We also encourage the active collaboration of loved ones and other supporters. Buckelew Programs provides a wide range of services for both adults and children in Marin, Sonoma, Napa, Mendocino, and Lake Counties, including supported housing and job training, outpatient psychotherapy, residential detox, and a regional suicide prevention hotline that received over 16,000 calls in 2018. The funds raised at MarinScapes assure that Buckelew Programs can continue to provide these vital services and that they remain dynamic and sustainable.



How did this event come about?  

MarinScapes was created to serve. Years ago, there was a pair of energetic and committed board members at Buckelew, Mary Welch and Sandra Yoffie. They dreamed of an evergreen way to ensure the good work of Buckelew would continue. Last year we honored their vision and tenacity with this video.


Do you have any stories about how the work of your organization has had a positive impact?

After years of battling addiction and homelessness, Henry, who had never held a job for more than a week, began his journey with BES (Buckelew Employment Services). His goal was to get off government assistance and become self-sufficient. Henry started in our janitorial training program, and then was hired as a dishwasher. It wasn’t an easy road, and Henry faced some setbacks. But with support from his BES Employment Specialist, today he works fulltime at a local deli – and loves it!

Leif, a Buckelew trainee, says: “The best part about working at Taste [Kitchen and Table] is progressing through all the steps of learning a task. And suddenly, I’ll be just as good as everybody else!” 


Can you tell us anything more about the event?

MarinScapes wouldn’t be possible without our committed sponsors; showing up whole heartedly and putting their names, company and personal resources and trust in Buckelew Programs. We also rely on a small army of volunteers over that weekend in June for everything from staffing art sales to manning the wine bar. It’s humbling to see how mobilized the community is in support of behavioral health and addiction recovery. Hope you’ll join us for MarinScapes Reimagined this year!




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