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A Memorial Scholarship Tribute

Memorial gifts to Arts For Healing are a meaningful and impactful way to honor and remember your loved ones, friends or colleagues by providing a way to help children, adults and seniors with a wide range of special needs who truly benefit from the effective intervention of creative arts therapies – music, art, dance and drama that we offer at Arts for Healing. Our goal is to never turn any family away due to inability to pay and our scholarship fund allows us to offer a sliding scale to those in need.

The Mandy Montanaro Scholarship Fund

Mandy was at one time a volunteer here at Arts For Healing and we are touched that her family choose to make our organization one of the two non-profits they would like to support in honor of her memory. The other organization is Horizons National also in New Canaan. Mandy is captured in the AFH video that was made back in 2010 to celebrate our 10th year anniversary. You can see it on our home page.

Born July 29, 1976, Amanda Dawn Montanaro (Mandy) died March 12, 2018 in her apartment in New Canaan, CT. 

Mandy was open, kind, friendly, generous and highly intelligent, with a warm and ready laugh and a brilliant sense of humor.  Her passions included art, acting, music, and spirituality.  She was especially interested in teaching and helping children through the arts.  Mandy touched the lives of all who knew her, and had a wide network of friends who will always be united by her memory and spirit. Her friends and family will miss her very much, but are sure she continues to spread her light even more than she did when in this world.

Growing up in Westport and New Canaan, Mandy attended New Canaan Country School, St. Luke’s, and The New School.  She is survived by her mother, Judy Larson of New Canaan, CT, her father Richard Montanaro of Easton CT, her brother Christopher Montanaro and his wife, Kristi Montanaro and their little daughter, Stella, of Westport, CT, and her brother Nicolas Montanaro of Norwalk, CT.  

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Daniel has grown in so many ways through the art and music sessions. He is expressing himself so much more clearly and fully. He seems to be so much more comfortable with who he is.

- Cheryl, Daniel's mother

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What is Annual Giving?

Annual Giving to Arts For Healing is the primary vehicle through which, donors, family, friends and members of our community philanthropically support Arts For Healing. By making a gift to AFH, the only therapy organization of its kind in our area, you are confirming your belief in supporting members of the special needs community by helping provide integrated art and music therapy which gives these individuals a unique and powerful avenue for expression. Your annual donation typically is an unrestricted gift that enables Arts For Healing to provide one to one music and art therapy for individual clients, regardless of their ability to pay, as well as group art, music and drama therapy sessions in partnership with organizations and schools from around Fairfield County.

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Carol Cristini, Administrative Coordinator
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In addition to funding support, Arts For Healing is in constant need of additional supplies as we look to increase our programs and resources in the near future. Some of these items we seek include instruments, office supplies, art supplies, and more. To arrange an in-kind donation, please call us at 203-972-2982.

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