LIMA — Sara Feldner walked into The Meeting Place on Market Wednesday afternoon — not looking for coffee, but to pick up a to-go bag — of art supplies for her niece and nephew.
ArtSpace/Lima offered up the grab bags at The Meeting Place and The Met as a way for kids to stay creative during the coronavirus pandemic.
“I got the ones last week,” said Feldner. “They (the niece and nephew) had so much fun making their friends cards to send to them. ArtSpace does wonderful things for our community. And just to be able to stay active. I’m a school teacher so keeping the kids engaged involved is awesome.”
Keeping kids creative juices flowing is pretty important during the stay at home order that was issued this week by Gov. Mike DeWine.
“I think creativity is a really good idea, not just for the practice but it gives you other ideas to do,” said ArtSpace/Lima executive director Sally Windle, a Jefferson Award winner. “There’s lots of things that you can do on your own, but sometimes you don’t have the supplies so it’s important for us to supply that. We want to reach out in this way and then it spurs other ideas for things that they can do on their own.”
The to-go bags include everything a child needs to create a graphic novel.
“Graphic novels are really popular, so are comic books, so we’re kind of dipping in on that. In the bags, we have colored pencils and templates so they can make up their own stories and make up some figures as well. We’re going to have an animation show later on so kids can submit these later,” Windle said.
She was impressed with the number of people that collected the bags during the day.
“We had about 80 bags prepared, and we’re down to about 15,” Windle said just after noon Wednesday.
Next Wednesday they’re preparing bags that focus on watercolors.
“We’re really excited about next week. It’s a watercolor, and we’re going to do a plein air and that’s going to be something that kids can find out a little bit about some artists who have done that work. If kids can submit what they have done back, we’ll have an exhibit with their work and then we’ll also have a prize for it. So they’ll be able to submit those and be in the running for show,” Windle said.
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