About Rightside Shirts.
Rightside Shirts is a 501(c)3 non-profit on a mission to empower young artists, promote creativity, and fund youth art education.
Watch the video below to learn more about Rightside Shirts and why we're committed to youth art education.
It all started with a 4th grader named Jordan. Jordan loved art, but his school, despite having 800 students, had no art program at all. Jordan's big brother, Dylan, went to nearby Boston College, and when he told his friend Jeff about the problem, they did a bit of research and were shocked to find Jordan's situation was far from unique: 30% of public elementary schools in the US have no art classes at all.
At the time, Jeff was in an art history course where he learned many famous artists would actually copy kids' creative style, approaching the canvas with that unmistakable, unbridled creativity all children possess. Indeed, Picasso once said it took him "four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." Dylan & Jeff began to wonder: if these artists could sell their work for millions, how much can be raised for art education through the sale of youth artwork? They decided to test the idea with Jordan's school.
Rightside's co-founder, Dylan, painting with a student at Jordan's school, Edison K8.
Dylan & Jeff selected artwork from two of Jordan's classmates, Destiny & Calvin, and printed the art on everyone's favorite wearable canvas: t-shirts. Inspired by the kids' creativity and committed to funding art education, customers bought enough shirts to raise over $1,000, which funded 15 weekly art classes at Jordan's school. Jordan could finally take art classes and truly pursue his passion. And, as such, Rightside Shirts was born.
"It makes me feel good to see other people wear my art." -Destiny, a kindergartener who helped raise over $1,000 for her school through the sale of her artwork.
Why it works
Rightside Shirts is more than just a fundraiser. Not only do we directly confront the lack of funding for art education by donating all our profits, but the process of showcasing youth art on professionally-printed tees and promoting them throughout the school community directly inspires each student's creativity and elevates the status of the arts at the school. Since our humble beginnings, we're proud to say we've partnered with over 30 organizations, printed artwork from over 200 young artists, ran over 700 individual art classes, and raised over $10,000 for youth art education.