A Message from the President
The world of
creativity is built on the strength of those people who have the
courage to dream. Harold A. Laynor believed that creative young
people should be able to follow their artistic dreams and be able
to soar to new heights in the pursuit of excellence. It is my privilege
and honor to introduce you to the Laynor Foundation Museum.
My late husband,
Harold Laynor, was an internationally known artist and educator.
He believed very strongly in the urgency of continuing art education
programs in the schools and in recognizing the importance of these
programs for young people. He was determined to discover ways for
young people to develop their skills to become successful artists
and teachers. He also believed that all children, particularly children
from at-risk communities who had very little opportunity to learn
about art, deserved to have resources available to reach their goals.
In 1991, after
my husbands death, I knew that it was time to take the steps
necessary to build a Foundation that could turn dreams into reality.
I am proud that in a few short years, the Laynor Foundation Museum
has given scholarships to many fine young artists, founded art programs
for at-risk children, provided on-going exhibits of the work of
many fine artists, and has created a resource center for art education.
One of the main
goals of the Laynor Foundation Museum is to continue to work on
community cultural development and to build a bridge of understanding
among people from all different cultural and ethnic backgrounds
through the world of art. This commitment to the community is what
Harold Laynor believed in so strongly. Our promise for the future
is to give young people the opportunity to continue the dream of
Harold Laynor and to share that dream from generation to generation.
Thank you for permitting the Laynor Foundation Museum to carry through
the hopes and dreams of a creative tomorrow.
S. Laynor, President
Lois Laynor Goldblatt
Mark J. Laynor
Dennis F. Laynor