“Mr. Larry Poncho Brown introduced the Raising The Arts project to the First Church of God Christian Life Center as a fund raising endeavor that started out as a “project” and transformed our congregation into a single minded entity. The image that Poncho created for our congregation is entitled “Faithful Family”. This image is a perfect reflection of what our congregation aspires to be. The original hangs in our sanctuary and the limited edition prints are in the homes of our members and friends.
Raising The Arts is not just about another fund raising project for your organization. Raising The Arts became a mobilizing vehicle for our organization to reach goals far beyond our expectations. Raising The Arts helped us to appreciate the gift of beauty that God gave us all to share. Raising The Arts introduced us to new possibilities. It encouraged us to think outside the box and search the realm of our imagination!
On behalf of the First Church of God Christian Life Center we extend our heartfelt appreciation to Mr. Brown for sharing his gifts with us”.
–Rev. Debbie Allen –First Church of God Christian Life Center
“It’s a privilege to work with Larry “Poncho” Brown, a distinguished world class artist. I have worked with Poncho over the past five years on two of the largest festivals produced in the Richmond, Virginia area. The 2nd Street Festival, a celebration of African-American life during the early 20th century, when 2nd Street in the Jackson Ward area of Richmond was known as “Little Harlem” or “The Harlem of the South.” Poncho has been commissioned to produce the highly successful official 2nd Street poster on five consecutive years since 2007.
It’s been a joy working with Poncho on the creation of the posters. On the eve of festival, Poncho has graciously arrived early to unveil his latest creation at a pre-festival reception where he connects with old friends and meets new admirers. Every year festival goers are excited about Poncho’s return and know they can find him at the corner of 2nd & Clay Streets. Recently Poncho has excited 165,000 attendees of the Richmond Folk Festival, which celebrates the roots, richness and variety of American culture through music, dance, traditional craft, arts and food, with his unique and bold paintings and ceramics. I look forward to working with Poncho on future posters and his presence at Venture Richmond festivals.”
-Sharon Bassard– Booking & Events Manager, Venture Richmond
“Mr. Larry Poncho Brown introduced his Adopt-A-Print project to Sankofa Dance Theater as a fund raising endeavor at a time when we were in need of project funding for an upcoming performance concept. “To The Beat Of The Drum” was a perfect fit for our concept and furthermore spoke to the thrust of the mission of the dance company.
Sankofa Dance Theater was overjoyed by the partnership. Mr. Brown’s artistry was amazing, and he was a pleasure to work with. We were able to raise the capital needed to successfully mount the show. Additionally, beautifully framed signed prints were hung in the homes and offices of our constituents as a demonstration of how effectively we were able to pull together as a group with his guidance and support. Thank you on behalf of Sankofa Dance Theater. We will work with you again soon. “
–Kibibi Ajanku- Founder/Director, Sankofa Dance Theater
“Poncho is an amazing artist who maintains the utmost professionalism as he dedicates himself to your project. The painting “It’s All About Love” that he did for Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula was a true testament to mentoring and why our youth are so important. He captured within the artwork the essence of color which to me demonstrates the diversity of the population that we serve, the two adults reaching with the youth demonstrates how our “Bigs” are there to support and elevate our youth, and placing our logo as they each wear it as a badge of honor.
I am grateful for this captivating artwork that Poncho has created for us at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula. Thank you, we are blessed by your artistry spirit and your gifts that you continue to share with the world.”
–Ayanna A. King– CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Virginia Peninsula
“While brainstorming ways to raise funds for The Cultural Awareness Club of Archbishop Curley High School, Larry Poncho Brown presented the Adopt-A-Print program as way for our organization to secure monies for its activities. The process was effortless and the young men were very interested in selling artwork whose image represented them. We chose Mr. Brown’s piece entitled “Indivisible”, as it visualized the diversity of the African diaspora which is integral to the Clubs mission and vision statement.
Mr. Brown was a pleasure to work with and the fulfillment was timely and efficient. I will definitely choose the Adopt-A-Print program as way of fundraising for my church, school and other organizations I am affiliated with.”
-Linda Tucker– Moderator, Cultural Awareness Club
“My wife and I pastor a young, thriving congregation in Bluffton, South Carolina. As is the case with most young churches, we were challenged financially and needed resources to help furnish our church. Larry Poncho Brown introduced the Adopt a Print program to us and agreed to assist us in not only coordinating an event, but flew down to host it with us!
It was a wonderful project. We were able to raise money to purchase chairs for our sanctuary in addition to acquiring artwork which adorns the church. In fact, the Adopt a Print Program continues to help us raise funds today!
Larry Poncho Brown and this program have been a tremendous blessing to our church and congregation and I highly recommend him to anyone needing a fresh approach to fund raising.”
-Overseer Michael M. Maybin – Pastor of Kingdom Seekers Family Worship Center