Art Synergy Kicks Off Annual Backpack and Art Supply Drive In Palm Beach County

Art Synergy kicks off its annual drive for backpacks, art and school supplies and makes it easier than ever to participate, even if you don’t live nearby!  The Rickie Report shares the details of drop off spots and endorses the ease of having items shipped to The Box Gallery, headquarters for this drive and Art Synergy. The Drive begins this weekend, July 25 and ends August 6, 2022.
Will you help us reach our 1,000 backpack goal?








Art Synergy, Inc, a 501 (c) 3, has committed to collecting 1000 backpacks for Palm Beach County children returning to school this August.



“Many families in Palm Beach County have hit very hard and quite possibly suffered the greatest economic hit in the last few years.” says, Art Synergy founder and CEO, Rolando Chang Barrero, “That’s why we are calling for everyone to respond to our friends and families here in Palm Beach County immediately.”  Among the organizations that will co-sponsor this years drive are The YWCA of Palm County, The Latin Quarter, and MoviesMakingADifference. 


Donated Backpacks and Art Supplies



Rolando goes on to explain, “The campaign, designed for all students serves two purposes: raise awareness of the poverty and challenges that our PBC families have suffered during the on-going pandemic and housing crisis. We feel that together we can alleviate some of the costs in preparing our  children for the upcoming school year by providing backpacks, art supplies and basic school supplies for children”.





 Thursday, Friday and Saturday between 11-4 PM at the following locations:



The Box Gallery     811 Belvedere Road     West Palm Beach

Don Ramon Cuban Restaurant     7101 S.Dixie Hwy.   WPB

YWCA Palm Beach County     1016 North Dixie Hwy.   WPB






Order online from your favorite provider Amazon, Office Depot, Staples, Walmart, etc., and have it shipped.

Shipping Address:

Art Synergy c/o The Box Gallery

811 Belvedere Road

West Palm Beach, FL 33405




Financial donations can be made at

For more information:

Art Synergy, Inc.  501(c)(3)

Internal Revenue Code: EIN #47-4791072




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WITVA (Women In The Visual Arts) Starts Season Off With Zoom Seminar Focused On Good Business Practices For Artists Featuring Rickie Leiter

Women In The Visual Arts (WITVA) announces their kick off meeting on Friday, September 25 via Zoom.  Rickie Leiter, publisher of The Rickie Report will present two topics: “Why You Need An Artist Statement” and “Marketing During A Pandemic”.  There will time for questions and answers from participants.  This event is Free but you must RSVP by September 22 to receive the Zoom link information.  WITVA grants art scholarships, holds an annual competitive exhibition with awards, offers educational forums relating to specific forms of art,  presents art exhibitions and competitions, and serves as a networking forum for members and guests.  WITVA also donates group art to other non-profits. Join WITVA today!











Rickie Leiter,  Publisher of The Rickie Report 




“Why You Need An Artist Statement”


“Marketing Art During A Pandemic”




1:00 pm

Via Zoom


RSVP to get the Zoom link:







Rickie Leiter has always been fascinated by the creative process. A former art consultant in her native Massachusetts, her instinct to connect with creatives in her new Florida home led her to found The Rickie Report in 2011. This free online publication features artist stories, helpful tips for marketing, a calendar of upcoming art events, and calls to artists/artisans for both juried and non-juried shows. Rickie’s goal is to help artists, galleries, and visual arts-related organizations achieve their potential by connecting with other artists, art lovers, and patrons. Rickie’s mission is to help emerging artists achieve meaningful careers and to guide professional artists in finding their niches. She has juried exhibits, offered Art Marketing Seminars, and been a featured speaker at many art-related events. Rickie is an active member of numerous art coalitions in southeast Florida. She is always looking for a way to connect emerging artists, established artists, art promoters, and art patrons together, sometimes in the most unexpected ways.




Rickie earned an MSW and worked as a psychiatric social worker before changing professional paths as an art consultant. While her own creativity includes a successful career as a jewelry artist and a mosaicist, she is open to new knowledge, growth and experiences. Rickie has served as a long-time volunteer in national and international non-profits, providing her with a solid on-the-ground education for marketing, communication and leadership training. She and her husband, Jeff, publish The Rickie Report while enjoying the cultural bounties around them. Being involved with her community is important to Rickie, as she volunteers with the Ft. Pierce Jazz Society and co-chaired a juried art show in PGA Village Verano. She previously worked in Development with Dana Farber Cancer Institute and is a long- standing leader with Hadassah.





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For coverage of your events, to place an advertisement, or speak to Rickie about appearing in The Rickie Report, contact:

Rickie Leiter, Publisher   561-537-0291

17019 SW Sapri Way   Port St. Lucie, FL 34986