The J.A.R.R. Initiative’s mission is to bring free high quality fine arts programming into inner city Phoenix (and its surrounding cities) to teenagers who live in communities where the need for art related programs is greatest.


Sponsored by CRNRSTR

The J.A.R.R. Initiative will be launching its first full free twelve week fine art and entrepreneurship program for teens. The program will allow for 15-20 teens who live in South Phoenix to learn not only technical art skills from Antoinette Cauley, but they will also learn the entrepreneur skills it takes to launch a successful art career.

All programs and workshops will be at no cost to teenagers who participate. Programs will primarily focus on the foundations of drawing, painting in both acrylic and oils, color theory and 3-D art. There will be two off site learning excursions to the Phoenix Art Museum and the monOrchid Gallery.

For more information on the initiative or how to get involved please email info@antoinettecauleyart.com

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A Letter From Antoinette:

I remember that day like it was yesterday. I woke up as the sun was barely beginning to rise. It was still dark. I just knew she was gone. I don’t know how but I knew. I laid there is silence, waiting… for what, I didn’t know. The phone rang. I heard my mother get up to answer it. “Hello” she said with a silent pause after. I then heard her begin to sob uncontrollably and I just knew.

Let me rewind a little bit. Growing up, I would spend summers with my Aunt Julie Ann. She was the most amazing person I’ve ever known. I always tell people that if you took the concept of beauty and turned it into a person, it would have been her. She radiated brighter than any star from any galaxy. She was a beam of pure joy and untainted love. During our summers together, we would work on a different arts & craft project every day. I credit this to the beginning of my creative journey.

I didn’t expect to ever lose her but I did. We all did. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in her early thirties. I was only around 9 or 10 years old at the time and wasn’t able to comprehend what exactly was happening. Before I knew it, we had gotten a call saying that she only had 10 days to a month left to live. It was devastating. We had planned on going to go and see her the next day to say good-bye but she passed away over night before we had the chance.

Julie Ann

Julie Ann

The J.A.R.R. (which stands for Julie Ann Robinson Roy) Initiative is my way of not only doing what I feel I am put on this earth to do, but it is my way of honoring my aunts legacy and continuing to carry on her name. I feel her here with me. I know she smiles as she watches me achieve my goals. I know she wipes away my tears when I feel alone. I know that she is keeping me protected through life’s many twists and turns. I miss her dearly. If through my initiative I am able to spread even a fraction of the love she gave then I know for a fact that I will be helping to leave the world a little better of a place when I am gone.