This summer, A Company of Girls (a local organization that enhances the lives of girls, with after-school programs in the culinary, visual and performing arts) is expanding their weekly summertime visual-arts outreach program, ‘Art in the Parks.’ The program will now serve three local communities: Kennedy Park, Riverton Park, and Sagamore Village. These neighborhoods are served by the Portland Housing Authority and have some of the highest poverty rates in the city of Portland. The only problem is, there’s a lot to be done, and volunteers are needed!
Last year, Art in the Parks turned boring summer afternoons into days of inspiration and creativity for hundreds of children, both boys and girls. Around 200 kids participated. Some of their art was displayed in Portland City Hall to reward their efforts. The visual arts were connected with literacy, by aligning projects with popular children’s books. For example, Maurice Sendak’s ‘Where the Wild Things Are’ propagated fantastic monster puppets, and ‘Elmer and the Rainbow’ by David McKee brought about patchwork elephants and, of course, such rainbows as to compete with the ones in the sky. Girls from A Company of Girls’ school-year program were given the chance to volunteer alongside adults, and together the volunteers logged 168 hours of work for Art in the Parks. With your help, even more can be done this summer.
- Published in Kids