This initiative is designed to benefit the children (ages up to 15) in Columbus homeless shelters and is the brainchild of BBC Board member, Becky Swift.
This broad-based initiative includes in-shelter art instruction and activities, storytime & snacks by adult volunteers; an “Art Buddies” program involving student volunteers from CSU and area High Schools; and an “Art Bag” gift to every child entering the shelters.
Highlights: The Art Bag gift phase of KTA was implemented in 2018 to United Way children now residing in area shelters. Each child received their own BBC art bag filled with crayons, Bartlett Center pencil, coloring books, watercolor sets, washable markers, stickers play – dough, etc. and a stuffed animal to cuddle while at the shelter. Expenses to support the annual number of Gift Bags needed are covered through the sale of Art Bag donation cards which can be given to friends and family.
Goals of the program: Show kindness and attention to these underprivileged children (ages up to 15 years old) while promoting the many benefits of art; build confidence in the minds of the child while having fun learning, and provide some relief to struggling mothers in the shelter.
Class times: to be determined.
Donation amounts: $10/Art Bag, $20/ Art Bag with a stuffed animal.