The story behind the Artist Exchange
One of the goals set at our Board of Directors meeting in 2013 was to begin a program that would allow emerging artists to acquire artist supplies free of charge.  As a young artist, Ian often commented on how expense his supplies were for his various art classes.  Our Vision Director, Tempest Plott suggested we try and make it easier for these emerging artists to produce the art they loved.......from that came the idea of an Artist Exchange.

Artists can donate new/used supplies (brushes, unused canvases, sketchbooks, sculpting tools, etc) to the Foundation and we will make those supplies available to other artists at no cost.  We have also developed relationships with some art supply companies and are receiving brand new supplies that we can provide as well.

To house all these supplies and make it easy for artists to get the supplies we have available, we  revamped a 1969 Aristrocrat travel trailer.  Once the trailer was finished, with new shelves and cabinets, we hit the road and started visiting college and high school campuses; we throw open the doors and let the artists gather whatever supplies they may need for that next art project.

We've posted pictures of the renovation as it happened.

The Artist Exchange -

impacting the lives of art students since 2015!

Art supplies for students

If you'd like to be added to our mailing list for the latest updates on when & where the Artist Exchange will be next, please click on the link to sign-up

Our sincere thanks to our Corporate Sponsor - General Pencil Company, Inc. for their support,

Ian M Hassett Foundation

We annually visit all the public high school campuses in Santa Maria as well as Allan Hancock College, serving over 1,200 students to date and given away thousands of dollars worth of art supplies.    We've posted just a few pics from our outings.  We rotate between Righetti, Orcutt Academy, Pioneer and Santa Maria High as well as Allan Hancock College.  If you're interested in having us visit your campus, contact us - we'd love to set up a date!  If you want to get on our mailing list to find out when we'll be opening our doors again, please email us at and type 'Artist Exchange' in the Subject line.

Donations of unused/gently used art supplies are always needed - if you would like to donate supplies to help keep the Artist Exchange open - please contact us at  All donations are tax deductible.

We welcome your support for the Artist Exchange.  All monies donated are funneled directly into art supplies for students.  Each level of giving, represents

an increase in the amount/quality of supplies we are able to give to students...

completely free.