Village Academy Receives Art Supplies Before School Begins From Arts Garage Initiative

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Staff report

Thanks to “HeARTfelt,” a new art supply drive for local starts started by the Arts Garage, Village Academy received $750 worth of new art supplies for the school year.

Arts Garage began asking patrons and locals this summer to donate materials such as colored pencils, paints, construction paper, and more arts and crafts supplies while they are at the performing arts venue.

The collected items were delivered to Village Academy on the Art and Sara Jo Kobacker Campus just before the first day of school.

“This art supply drive will support project-based learning at Village Academy.  With the necessary supplies to support learning, our students will continue to develop into the creative thinkers, critical thinkers, advocates, activists, and artists that will be needed to create a more equitable and sustainable world,” Principal LaToya Dixon said.

The supply drive will take place quarterly and benefit a different school each time. Next on the list is Carver Middle School. Donations are being collected at the  Grassroots Gallery at Arts Garage, 94 NE 2nd Ave. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon to 6 p.m. Donations for Carver will run through Oct 31.

If you want Arts Garage to buy the items, you can call to make a monetary donation.

“Arts Garage believes passionately in partnering with our local schools,” Arts Garage president and CEO Marjorie Waldo said. “HeARTfelt is an extension of our vision to connect our community to the world through the arts. We love helping young people express & find themselves and the arts are a perfect vehicle for that process.”