Anyone with a pile of art or craft supplies waiting for that "rainy day" is encouraged to donate them to Waterfall Arts, 256 High St. Donations are being gladly accepted for the upcoming Art Stuff Sale Saturday, Sept. 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

At Waterfall Arts, there are young artists ready to make art now, but the organization is short of funds for the programs that have been keeping creative experiences affordable for all families in and around Belfast. In addition to seeking grants and sponsors, Youth and Families Outreach Coordinator Bridget Matros and her loyal fleet of young artists are planning several fundraisers to keep things rolling … and they need that art stuff lurking in Midcoast closets.

The Art Stuff Sale will turn donations of materials into funds for high-demand programs such as the Bridge free afterschool art program. In its third year, Bridge is where young creatives in sixth grade (who are without art in school until the following year) connect to themselves, each other and the community. In batches of a dozen, young artists become tight-knit “families” that support each other on their search for their own creative voices, while also being introduced to a world of resources that is the local art scene.

The “original posse” of Bridge artists, now in eighth grade, are still a tight group. Determined to help keep Bridge going for their young counterparts and to continue their own creative journeys at Waterfall Arts, they are asking community members to help out in the following ways: donate unneeded art and craft supplies to be sold — drop off at Waterfall Arts Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment; buy good art stuff at yard sale prices Sept. 19 to support the free program for young artists (framed artwork by Bridge artists also will be available for sale); and help put up flyers, invite friends, spread the word, post signs around town the night before, or help organize the piles of materials the day of the sale.

Those who cannot make the event should consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Kids and Families Outreach Program anytime, in any amount. Waterfall’s programs — affordable and free family events, art tents, classes and afterschool programs — help make a creative economy like Belfast’s sustainable by engaging the next generation of local artists.

To learn more about Waterfall Arts community programs, youth and family outreach, the Bridge program, classes for all ages, studio rentals and exhibitions, visit waterfallarts.org, call 338-2222 or stop by.