Artists in Residence at the Garden School

The preschool on the MAGC grounds makes the most of the 11 acres here. You’ve probably seen the children doing their best to walk in a nice straight line on their way to visit some corner of the gardens. Last year the school held its first-ever exhibition of student art, turning our multi-purpose room into a gallery for a few days in May. The students are hard at work preparing for this year’s show, studying the work of other artists, and creating masterpieces of their own. The class trekked across to The Studio to take in the Betty Wilson exhibition, which they clearly found inspirational. As they have been discussing concepts of shape, color and composition, these paintings were a perfect fit with the lesson plan. Before heading over, the teachers looked through the exhibition catalogue with the class, and the kids were absolutely amazed to find the very same pictures hanging in MAGC’s Studio!

This year, the students will be able to display works of sculpture in th

eir own exhibition. The ceramics instructor at Marin Catholic High School, Mark Jaeger, very generously visited the class to help them create art following the theme of GROWTH. Each child made a nest out of clay and filled it with eggs. Mark took the pieces to be fired, and the children glazed them to make them even more distinctive and beautiful. We are so grateful to Mark for working with our budding artists, and encouraging them to keep creating.

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IRS Guidelines for Gifts from Donor Advised Funds to Support MAGC Events

Thank you for your interest in giving to the Marin Art & Garden Center events from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or Family Foundation.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

To ensure your gift follows the current IRS guidelines for DAF/Family Foundation support of an event, we would like to share the below guidelines with you.

  • Raffle tickets, tickets to galas and other special events, auction items, and benefits conferred in connection with a DAF/foundation grant are not permitted.
    • IRS has specifically ruled that fair market value associated with fundraising events cannot be separated, a practice known as “bifurcation.”
      • For example, with Edible Garden, if the price of the ticket is $200 and the FMV fair market value (non-tax-deductible amount) is designated to be $50, the donor must pay from sources other than her DAF/foundation for the full value of the ticket ($200) and not just for the non-tax-deductible amount ($50).
    • We recommend you confer with your financial advisor to confirm if any of these examples of how donors may still use their DAF to support an event would work for you:
      • A donor could sponsor the event, and not attend, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event using DAF/foundation funds and attend by purchasing an individual ticket through non-DAF/foundation funds.
      • A donor could sponsor the event, join the event as a guest of another donor/table guest, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event and host the afforded number of people at their chosen level as long as they pay for the seats at the lowest ticket price ($200 for Edible Garden) outside of their DAF.
        • As an example, a $1,500 sponsor that covers 2 guests, could pay for their sponsorship with $400 from a different source of funds, and then give an additional gift of $1,100 out of their DAF.


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