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Dylan Scholinski seeks donations in his mission to bring art to troubled kids with gender issues

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Artist Dylan Scholinski has been on an unending mission to offer help through art to young people struggling with issues of sexuality and suicide; for close to 25 years, he says, he's done everything possible to keep the doors of his Sent(a)Mental Studios and Haven Youth Project open, offering whole bundle of open-studio programs serving -- and remembering -- troubled and suicidal youth.

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Scholinski is no stranger to the pain of the kids he's helping, or to fundraising -- art supplies and drawing tables and upkeep are costly to replenish as time goes by. And this year, he's launched a full-force Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign in hopes of financing a full year. With a goal of $12,000, the 31-day campaign is now under way with 25 days to go, and offers everything from a high five for $10 donations to digital artwork and even a personal visit by Scholinski to a book group or gathering for the bigger ones.

If the $12,000 goal is reached before the deadline on March 11, everyone -- everyone -- will get a Haven Youth Project T-shirt as a special thank you for lending a hand. To learn more or to contribute, visit the project's Indiegogo page.

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