What began with a conversation between Kate McGrady (Artsmiths of Pittsburgh executive director) and Tricia Brancolini-Foley (Handmade Arcade executive director) has become a fun and creative way to get art and making into children’s hands.
Feeling a deep sense of loss in their creative worlds as social distancing, closed businesses and schools, and canceled events became the new normal, Kate and Tricia decided to start the Art4All Pittsburgh movement where volunteers can create craft kits which will be distributed through organizations that are serving lunches or working with kids.Together, Kate and Tricia designed craft kits and safety procedures that can be easily be replicated, created and distributed by others in the community. Here is our progress to date:
- April – 100 test kits were distributed to families in Carnegie, PA through the Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania (BGCWP).
- May – 100+ Journal kits were distributed during lunch pickup to elementary school students in the Brentwood Borough School District.
– 90 test kits were distributed to families in Pittsburgh through BGCWP.
- June – 200 Kentucky Coffee Tree Kits from Tree Pittsburgh were distributed to families in Pittsburgh through BGCWP.
– 100 Yarn Butterfly kits were distributed to Pittsburgh families through Hello Neighbor.
- July – 200 Paper Themed kits AND 200 Fiber Themed kits are in process for distribution in Pittsburgh through Club on The Go, a project of BGCWP.
– 50 Paper Themed kits and 50 Fiber Themed kits are are in process for distribution to predominately immigrant families in Pittsburgh through South Hills Interfaith Mission (SHIM)
TOTAL NUMBER OF KITS TO BE DELIVERED BY END OF JULY 2020 = 1,090
And now WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Art4AllPGH is looking for community partners LIKE YOU to create and distribute easily replicated craft kits.