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Rumford tattoo artist donates art supplies to after-school programs
Article by: SlingerVille Staff
March 29, 2013

Rumford tattoo artist donates art supplies to after-school programs


The owner of Ink Maine tattoo shop in Rumford, Mexico is giving back to his community by donating a few boxes of art supplies to 3 after-school programs.


Kris Howes auctioned off collaborative art pieces at the Fuel the Arts tattoo expo in Lewiston a few weeks back.  According to, the money he made from the auction was donated.


“We put our art out on the table and accepted donations for them,” Howes explained. “We always try to raise money for the after-school programs in the area, because it’s nice to let something trickle back to the community. This year, we made a little more than we have in the past, so we had enough to buy supplies for three different after-school programs.”


Howes reported that he donated supplies to the after-school programs for Meroby Elementary School, Rumford Elementary School and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Auburn/Lewiston in Auburn. On Wednesday afternoon, Howes and another Ink Maine employee brought boxes filled with paint, glue, clay, construction paper and other supplies to the Mexico Recreation Center, where Meroby Elementary School holds their after-school program.


“I cannot wait to dig into this stuff and see what’s here,” said Becky Skibitsky, the after-school program coordinator for Meroby Elementary School.


Click here to read what the students asked Howes when he dropped off the supplies!


When asked the importance of donating art to the kids, Howes replied, “It’s important because it’s nice to give back and push the arts,” Howes said. “Nobody seems to back art, especially in Rumford. I just wanted to give something back.”



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Posted By: HarmoniousT | 3/29/13 1:11 PM
If everybody in their industry did this, what a better place this world would be.
Posted By: jasonstatoos90 | 4/01/13 4:46 PM
that's for sure.
Posted By: mizceedub | 4/01/13 1:16 PM
I agree.. We need more ppl to give back t the community, not just in art, but music and other programs that have been eliminated due to lack of financial support.
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