Hands-on Artwork Helps Kids Creatively

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

January 28, 2006

Summer-like temperatures are ideal for bike-riding, but at the Friendship Court community center, the bike stops here.

"We're doing a program here with kids with the artist Stacey Evans. We're doing a series of these here at Friendship Court. We're just finding ways to help kids have fun with art," said John Hancock, with the Second Street Gallery.

A partnership between the Second Street Gallery and Urban Vision organization allowed kids ages six to twelve to have a little fun in the sun with its inside new art initiative.

"I made pocket books-- a lot of pocket books," said Tykeyunna Woodson, who wants to be a future artist.

The kids, who mostly live in Friendship Court, were able to make collages of what they like, sun prints using photo-synthetic paper, and anything else promoting art. The Second Street Gallery is glad to know they are making a different in the kids' lives.

"...and, I made feathers," added Woodson.

"It gives them a chance to work on creativity, and problem-solving skills. It gives them a chance to work with kids, and just be happier, better, more hopeful kids," added Hancock.

The Gallery serves about 40 kids during the free event each year.

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