Tattoo artist uses art to help autistic children in foster care

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TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – Each week, KOLD News 13 partners with Casino Del Sol to highlight a person or organization that goes beyond the community.

This week, we’re featuring a nonprofit that’s using its art to give back.

Johnny Vasquez is with Spark Project Collective and has been a tattoo artist for about 15 years.

“I always wanted to have someone to coach me or help me along the way,” he said. “And I feel like I’m in a position in life where I can do that for others and help teach other people to do the same.”

According to Vasquez, Spark Project Collective was started following a decrease he saw in funding for people with autism.

“We started as a tattoo and body piercing shop, which generated revenue to buy toys for foster children, do art therapy for autistic children, and help the homeless community. “, did he declare. “Since then, we’ve grown into an event hub where we run about 20-30 free events within the community.”

At their location, he said, they focus on art therapy. They do it every second Sunday and for two or three hours every Saturday. They also focus on raising funds for foster children and provide up to 20,000 toys to foster children each year.

“The most gratifying thing for me is seeing the joy in the eyes of children,” he said.

On behalf of Casino Del Sol, Vasquez received a $300 gift card.

If you know someone who embodies Arizona’s Heart & Sol, nominate them on the KOLD website.

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