NEWS RELEASE ISSUED BY THE GEORGE A. SPIVA CENTER FOR THE ARTS
Children's art quilts to be donated to nonprofits
Joplin, Mo. — A third grade art project through Spiva Center for the Arts will result in the donation of quilts to youngsters at Children's Haven and Ronald McDonald House on Thursday.
A formal quilt presentation is set for 2 p.m. Thursday at Children's Haven, 711 S. Picher Ave.
The quilts are the fruition of Spiva's 2013 Third Grade Field Trips program, which brought 1,145 school children to Spiva for gallery and art experiences. Youngsters came from Webb City, Carl Junction, Carthage and Joplin school districts, plus Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School. After studying the Main Gallery exhibit, Sightlines, which featured art quilts, youngsters made quilt squares around the theme of hope. The concept was to define hope pictorially without words. Their completed squares included everything from rainbows, hearts and crosses to pets, hobbies and playing with friends.
The1,100-plus squares were pieced into quilts by Town and Country Quilt Guild, which donated the quilting fabric and supplies. While the quilting is about half completed, it is anticipated that a total of 50 quilts will be produced through the project.
Because the quilt squares were made by children, it was decided that the completed quilts should go to children. Children's Haven provides children with temporary care as an alternative to foster care for families experiencing crises. Ronald McDonald House provides temporary housing and support services to families of chronically ill children with extended hospital stays.
The Third Grade Field Trips are an annual program of Spiva.
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