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Art Feeds and Color Estes to visit Estes Park, Colorado

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In Fall of 2013, Art Feeds staff and Joplin High School students watched as the Estes Park community was impacted by the floods. Having been through a natural disaster as a community, Art Feeds and JHS students paired together to pay the kindness we once received forward. To do this, we created a project called Color Estes. Joplin High students created a Color Estes logo, video and web page to begin fundraising efforts where over $5000 were raised at www.colorestes.org . Over 203 Joplin High School students participated in the fundraising efforts. With hard work and perseverance they reached the fundraising goal.

These funds have been used to create art packs for over 540 Estes Park Elementary students. An Art Feeds Art Pack includes- markers, colored pencils, watercolors, a sketchbook, pens, pencils and erasers. The most special item in the packs is super hero cape! When distributing these packs, Art Feeds will use their expertise to implement the “Super Hero” lesson with each student. This lesson is designed to allow students to come to their own conclusions about everyday heroes and how we can be heroes in our own community, even when things feel insurmountable. On Friday, April 4th, five Art Feeds staff members 4 Joplin High School staff and 5 Joplin High School students will be visiting Estes Park Elementary to distribute these Art Packs in person to each student in Estes Park Elementary.

Art Feeds curriculum has been developed to specifically address the needs of children who have experienced a major disaster or trauma. Following a major trauma that disrupts their sense of normalcy, children can have a difficult time understanding and processing what has happened as well as knowing how to move forward with daily life. These lessons are intended to help students process their thoughts and express their feelings related to what they have experienced and help them develop healthy and creative ways to cope and move forward with their lives. The tools in the art pack will allow students to continue expression and creativity to improve their coping and resiliency skills. All Art Feeds staff and JHS staff have been trained by Art Feeds to create a fun and safe environment for students to express.

ART FEEDS

Art Feeds believes all children are artists. We exist to feed creative development and facilitate emotional expression in children through art and community. To do this, we provide free therapeutic art and creative education programs within schools & children’s organizations by mobilizing teams of community members to bring all forms of art into classrooms. Art Feeds impacts 16 schools and 3 children’s organizations totaling in 3,500 children weekly. Programs have been utilized in Joplin, MO, Seaside, NJ, Ghana, Moore, OK, West Africa, Honduras and now Estes Park, CO. Since 2009, 19,000 children have been involved in the programs. For more information visit www.artfeeds.org

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