#ArtFeeds10Years: Throwback to our Cardboard Joplin Rebuilt by Kids

Posted On
Feb
19
2019

We're celebrating 10 years of Art Feeds! It's been an incredible decade and we're sharing some of our most surprising and fun memories. Check out more of them by searching #ArtFeeds10Years on Instagram or Facebook. Learn more at artfeeds.org.

#ArtFeeds10Years: Throwback to the Art Feeds Podcast

Posted On
Feb
19
2019


We're celebrating 10 years of Art Feeds! It's been an incredible decade and we're sharing some of our most surprising and fun memories. Check out more of them by searching #ArtFeeds10Years on Instagram or Facebook. Learn more at artfeeds.org.
 

#ArtFeeds10Years: Throwback to our response to a gift from Mark Cuban

Posted On
Feb
19
2019


We're celebrating 10 years of Art Feeds! It's been an incredible decade and we're sharing some of our most surprising and fun memories. Check out more of them by searching #ArtFeeds10Years on Instagram or Facebook. Learn more at artfeeds.org.
 

#ArtFeeds10Years: Throwback to Extreme Makeover Home Edition

Posted On
Feb
19
2019

We're celebrating 10 years of Art Feeds! It's been an incredible decade and we're sharing some of our most surprising and fun memories. Check out more of them by searching #ArtFeeds10Years on Instagram or Facebook. Learn more at artfeeds.org.

#ArtFeeds10Years: Throwback to Art Feeds Art Packs

Posted On
Feb
19
2019

We're celebrating 10 years of Art Feeds! It's been an incredible decade and we're sharing some of our most surprising and fun memories. Check out more of them by searching #ArtFeeds10Years on Instagram or Facebook. Learn more at artfeeds.org.

#ArtFeeds10Years: Throwback to Do Something Awards

Posted On
Feb
19
2019

We're celebrating 10 years of Art Feeds! It's been an incredible decade and we're sharing some of our most surprising and fun memories. Check out more of them by searching #ArtFeeds10Years on Instagram or Facebook. Learn more at artfeeds.org.

#ArtFeeds10Years: Throwback to Disaster Response

Posted On
Feb
19
2019

We're celebrating 10 years of Art Feeds! It's been an incredible decade and we're sharing some of our most surprising and fun memories. Check out more of them by searching #ArtFeeds10Years on Instagram or Facebook. Learn more at artfeeds.org.

#ArtFeeds10Years: Throwback to A Decade of Creative Fundraisers

Posted On
Feb
19
2019

We're celebrating 10 years of Art Feeds! It's been an incredible decade and we're sharing some of our most surprising and fun memories. Check out more of them by searching #ArtFeeds10Years on Instagram or Facebook. Learn more at artfeeds.org.

#ArtFeeds10Years: Throwback to Voting Grants

Posted On
Feb
19
2019

We're celebrating 10 years of Art Feeds! It's been an incredible decade and we're sharing some of our most surprising and fun memories. Check out more of them by searching #ArtFeeds10Years on Instagram or Facebook. Learn more at artfeeds.org.

#ArtFeeds10Years: Throwback to Art Feeds International

Posted On
Feb
19
2019

We're celebrating 10 years of Art Feeds! It's been an incredible decade and we're sharing some of our most surprising and fun memories. Check out more of them by searching #ArtFeeds10Years on Instagram or Facebook. Learn more at artfeeds.org.

#ArtFeeds10Years: Throwback to Incredible Volunteers

Posted On
Feb
19
2019

We're celebrating 10 years of Art Feeds! It's been an incredible decade and we're sharing some of our most surprising and fun memories. Check out more of them by searching #ArtFeeds10Years on Instagram or Facebook. Learn more at artfeeds.org.

#ArtFeeds10Years: Throwback to the Art Feeds Mobile Art Center Build

Posted On
Feb
19
2019

We're celebrating 10 years of Art Feeds! It's been an incredible decade and we're sharing some of our most surprising and fun memories. Check out more of them by searching #ArtFeeds10Years on Instagram or Facebook. Learn more at artfeeds.org.

#ArtFeeds10Years: Throwback to our 1st Art Feeds Mural

Posted On
Feb
19
2019

We're celebrating 10 years of Art Feeds! It's been an incredible decade and we're sharing some of our most surprising and fun memories. Check out more of them by searching #ArtFeeds10Years on Instagram or Facebook. Learn more at artfeeds.org.

#ArtFeeds10Years: Art Feeds National Announcement

Posted On
Feb
19
2019

We're celebrating 10 years of Art Feeds! It's been an incredible decade and we're sharing some of our most surprising and fun memories. Check out more of them by searching #ArtFeeds10Years on Instagram or Facebook. Learn more at artfeeds.org. 

Introducing: Art Feeds Says

Posted On
Sep
09
2017

We've been dreaming of creating a podcast series to share some of our big ideas and favorite adventures with our supporters. It's finally here! 

We've committed to creating 8 episodes of the Art Feeds Says podcast. This is where we'll discuss creativity, education, stories we have from the classroom, adventures on a Winnebago, starting a non-profit as a teenager and why we keep doing what we're doing. We're lining up guests who inspire us and can shed more light on their expertise in this conversation about why creativity is important and how we help it grow. This content is exciting to us to be able to connect with our supporters on another level and we hope our Art Feeds family is cheering with us!

The first episode will be released on October 26th and we'll plan to release a new episode each week. Go ahead and subscribe to our channel on iTunes or your favorite podcast app to get the episode first! 

Want to contribute to helping us make this happen? Donate here. 

 

Meet our Mobile Art Center: Van Gogh 2.0!

Posted On
Jun
20
2017

The time is now for Van Gogh 2.0! In October 2016, Art Feeds participated in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist voting grant and received $25,000 to transform a school bus into a new Mobile Art Center! In 2011, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition gifted Art Feeds with our first Mobile Art Center, called Van Gogh. It was used at hundreds of community events, bringing expression and creativity to thousands of children. In 2017, we began construction on Van Gogh 2.0! This Mobile Art Center is better than ever. At the beginning of the summer, the Art Feeds team made the trek from Southwest Missouri and Northwest Arkansas to Tucson, AZ, where we teamed up with Blackhill Design and some original designers from Extreme Makeover: Home edition to transform the bus into Art Feeds second Mobile Art Center. The inside was transformed BEAUTIFULLY with seating for up to 20 students. This bus will be used for workshops, community events and so much more to reach even more children with Art Feeds programming in the current communities we serve- Joplin and Carthage in Southwest Missouri and Fayetteville , Rogers, Springdale and Bentonville- and even more in new and unreached partner communities!

We are almost there! With the transformation of the interior of the bus- there is still work to do before we get the bus on the road. We need your helping hands and network to do it. There are so many ways to get involved, from painting and cleaning to helping us find a partner to wrap the bus here are two lists, the first of items we still need donated and the second of hands on projects we have yet to.

Click here to share a contact with us with someone who might be interested in working with us or if you'd like to volunteer!

Get Messy + Art Feeds International

Posted On
Nov
16
2016

Art Feeds Day: Support Art Feeds NWA

Posted On
Jul
05
2016

September 8th is BIG day for us- It's a day when we'll all wear our Art Feeds tees together in solidarity to share the Art Feeds story! Art Feeds is not only in Northwest Arkansas- there are Art Feeds projects developing in new communities all the time. But there are very specific ways you can take part in the fun here right here in NWA. 

First off,

Share the Art Feeds Day fun on your social media accounts: Share posts from Art Feeds NWA's Facebook and Instagram accounts. Post a Twibbon on your Facebook or Twitter profile photos. Decorate your own shirt and show the progress with #ArtFeedsDay.

Order your Art Feeds tees:  If purchasing a tee in the Art Feeds online store, at checkout select Art Feeds NWA as the "Chapter Benefiting"- the profit from the cost of those tees will benefit Art Feeds NWA and the tees will ship out after August 5 with rest of the Art Feeds Day tees! 

Have a larger order of tees (10+) or just want to pick up your tee in Fayetteville, AR? Email Meg Bourne-Hulsey at meg@artfeeds.org to get an order in directly without having to worry about shipping costs.

Get your business or organization in on the fun: On September 8th, it will be a great communication tool to have supporters in different businesses and organizations supporting Art Feeds by wearing their tee and sharing our store. Just imagine- if someone walks into a bank, coffee shop or their favorite restaurant and all the employees are wearing Art Feeds tees! It's a powerful way to share our story and share why creativity and expression are important in the lives of Northwest Arkansas children. Place a bulk order for tees with your Art Feeds NWA contact Meg at meg@artfeeds.org. Another way to get your business involved is to...

Host an Art Feeds Day Tee Party: Get a group of friends, co-workers or civic group together to decorate your Art Feeds tees together! We'll help you plan it, get the word out and help provide supplies for your party to make a creative mess. (<--- That's a good thing.) Contact Meg to get the scoop on how those work! If you want to throw a party on your own, here's the instructions how and don't forget to order your shirts before July 25th! 

 And most of all- 

Wear your tee on September 8 in support of Art Feeds in your community!

Learn more at our Art Feeds Day site.

Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate. 

The Art Feeds NWA team

Art Feeds Day: Support Art Feeds Joplin

Posted On
Jul
05
2016

September 8th is BIG day for us- It's a day when we'll all wear our Art Feeds tees together in solidarity to share the Art Feeds story! Art Feeds is not only in Joplin, MO- there are Art Feeds projects developing in new communities all the time. But there are very specific ways you can take part in the fun here right here in Joplin, MO. 

First off,

Share the Art Feeds Day fun on your social media accounts: Share posts from Art Feeds Joplin's FacebookTwitter or Instagram. Post a Twibbon on your Facebook or Twitter profile photos. Decorate your own shirt and show the progress with #ArtFeedsDay.

Order your Art Feeds tees:  If purchasing a tee in the Art Feeds online store, at checkout select Art Feeds Joplin as the "Chapter Benefiting"- the profit from the cost of those tees will benefit Art Feeds Joplin and the tees will ship out after August 5 with rest of the Art Feeds Day tees! 

Have a larger order of tees (10+) or just want to pick up your tee in Joplin? Email Ashley Le Blanc at ashley@artfeedsjoplin.org to get an order in directly without having to worry about shipping costs.

Get your business or organization in on the fun: On September 8th, it will be a great communication tool to have supporters in different businesses and organizations supporting Art Feeds by wearing their tee and sharing our store. Just imagine- if someone walks into a bank, coffee shop or their favorite restaurant and all the employees are wearing Art Feeds tees! It's a powerful way to share our story and share why creativity and expression are important in the lives of Joplin children. Place a bulk order for tees with your Art Feeds Joplin contact Ashley at ashley@artfeedsjoplin.org. Another way to get your business involved is to...

Host an Art Feeds Day Tee Party: Get a group of friends, co-workers or civic group together to decorate your Art Feeds tees together! We'll help you plan it, get the word out and help provide supplies for your party to make a creative mess. (<--- That's a good thing.) Contact Ashley to get the scoop on how those work! If you want to throw a party on your own, here's the instructions how and don't forget to order your shirts before July 25th! 

 And most of all- 

Wear your tee on September 8 in support of Art Feeds in your community!

Learn more at our Art Feeds Day site.

Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate. 

Art Feeds Joplin

Art Feeds Day: Support Art Feeds Carthage!

Posted On
Jul
05
2016

September 8th is BIG day for us- It's a day when we'll all wear our Art Feeds tees together in solidarity to share the Art Feeds story! Art Feeds is not only in Carthage, MO- there are Art Feeds projects developing in new communities all the time. But there are very specific ways you can take part in the fun here right here in Carthage- where your participation directly impacts the 2,000 Carthage children we will serve this school year! 

First off,

Share the Art Feeds Day fun on your social media accounts: Share posts from Art Feeds Carthage's FacebookTwitter or Instagram. Post a Twibbon on your Facebook or Twitter profile photos. Decorate your own shirt and show the progress with #ArtFeedsDay.

Order your Art Feeds tees:  If purchasing a tee in the Art Feeds online store, at checkout select Art Feeds Carthage as the "Chapter Benefiting"- the profit from the cost of those tees will benefit Art Feeds Carthage and the tees will ship out after August 5 with rest of the Art Feeds Day tees! 

Have a larger order of tees or just want to pick up your tee in Carthage? Email Chelsea Conley at chelsea@artfeedscarthage.org to get an order in directly without having to worry about shipping costs.

Get your business or organization in on the fun: On September 8th, it will be a great communication tool to have supporters in different businesses and organizations supporting Art Feeds by wearing their tee and sharing our store. Just imagine- if someone walks into a bank, coffee shop or their favorite restaurant and all the employees are wearing Art Feeds tees! It's a powerful way to share our story and share why creativity and expression are important in the lives of Carthage children. Place a bulk order for tees with your Art Feeds Carthage contact Chelsea at chelsea@artfeedscarthage.org. Another way to get your business involved is to...

Host an Art Feeds Day Tee Party: Get a group of friends, co-workers or civic group together to decorate your Art Feeds tees together! We'll help you plan it, get the word out and help provide supplies for your party to make a creative mess. (<--- That's a good thing.) Contact Chelsea to get the scoop on how those work! If you want to throw a party on your own, here's the instructions how and don't forget to order your shirts before July 25th! 

 And most of all- 

Wear your tee on September 8 in support of Art Feeds in your community!

Learn more at our Art Feeds Day site.

Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate. 

Art Feeds Carthage 

From the Art Feeds Classroom

Posted On
Mar
14
2016

When I walked into the classroom for the first time to be an educator for Art Feeds, I had no idea what to expect.  I was instantly greeted with huge smiles from little artists I had not met yet.  I was amazed that by the second week, all the kids remembered my name.  I was definitely honored when a few little ones requested that I sit by them for the lesson.  Seeing the joy and excitement on their faces each week was such a rewarding experience.  It was evident that the children were growing more confident in their creativity and love for art each week. 

The first week of the Art Feeds mural curriculum is based on story-telling, since all murals tell a story.  Before we begin, we tell the students that we are in Art World, and in Art World, anything can happen, and everyone’s ideas are valuable.  Everyone sits in a circle with one person holding a ball of yarn, and the yarn is passed around the circle, with each student holding a piece to create a “story web.”  Being a speech pathology major, one particular student stood out to me.  She had a stutter, but she never let it keep her from describing her art or answering a question. After observing countless therapy sessions with children that stutter, I have a good idea of the impact it can have on a child. She exhibited her bravery the first week of Art Feeds when she told her part of the story without any frustration.  It was also amazing to see how supportive her classmates were whenever she spoke, patiently waiting for her to finish without interrupting her or finishing her sentences. 

Moments like this showed me the true power of Art World, and the pure fearlessness of children who can freely express themselves.  At the end of the curriculum, I was sad my time with the kids was over, but I was so humbled to receive sweet thank you notes personally addressed to “Miss Maddie.” I’m currently an intern for Art Feeds NWA, and couldn’t be more proud of the organization I work for!

Maddie Hum

Art Feeds NWA Intern/Educator 

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This Spring we'll be reaching students at Asbell Elementary in Fayetteville with our Community Art Curriculum! We need volunteers to help us reach these students during the month of April on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays between 8am and 2pm. This volunteer opportunity is in school during the school day, so we ask for a 1-8 hour time commitment. Once an educator decides on a day and time each week to volunteer, that educator is expected to volunteer the same day and time each week for the 4 weeks. Want to spend some time in April investing in kids in your community? Click below to apply!

DIY: Watercolor Scribble

Posted On
Feb
17
2016

 

 

Ever wonder what magical goodness can come from scribbling? This fun and simple DIY for children brings scribbling to a whole new level while relaxing them if they’re stressed or need to decompress. We recommend giving it a try with your child, because not only can this be therapeutic for them, but it can be therapeutic for you too! It’s truly soothing and we are slightly obsessed. 

What you’ll need:

  • Watercolor paper
  • Permanent marker
  • Watercolor paints

What to do:

  1. Fill the watercolor paper with big scribbles overlapping and intersecting each other. 
  2. Paint each section with of scribbles with watercolor paint. 

 

What makes this even better? You can listen to your favorite tunes and take your time! This DIY is something for both the parents and children to do together!

Fun Twist: Challenge your child to fill the spaces of their watercolor scribble with words that describe themselves! This can be a fun way for children to learn why they are SO worth loving! 

 

Art Feeds International Curriculum

Posted On
Jan
20
2016

We've been building our domestic programs in USA since 2009- and now it's time for another adventure!
For years, we've been contacted by supporters who are taking trips abroad and looking for resources for creative activities, supply lists and ways to engage kids while traveling. We haven't been prepared to help with this area- until now!
We're building a new set of curriculum for use internationally- for gap year adventures, humanitarian projects, volunteer trips, whatever takes you around the world. It will be in English, but with notes to help with cross-cultural and language barriers that you might encounter along with supply lists so you can have a heads up on what to pack in your suitcase. 
This project is in development and will be announced in Spring 2016 when it's available. 

We are proud to announce that our first partners to use the international curriculum will be Rapha House International and Touch a Life Foundation. Touch a Life is pairing with Kim Lewis Designs to build art centers at Rapha House and Place of Rescue Care Centers in Cambodia. Rapha House exists to love, rescue, & heal children who have been rescued from trafficking & sexual exploitation. This partnership will serve as the first international location where Art Feeds staff will test and develop the international curriculum.  It's our vision to develop curriculum that will be used on an ongoing basis to aid in the expressive and healing process for the women and children Rapha House and Place of Rescue serves. 

Are you an organization or individual interested in accessing this curriculum for an upcoming project or trip? Fill out this survey to start the conversation!

If you'd like to donate to our International Curriculum development, visit our International Donation page here.

Sips and Sweets 2015

Posted On
Oct
15
2015

Our first annual Sips and Sweets event held last October was such a huge success, we decided to repeat it again this year on November 12, 2015 from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the historic Phelps Barn!

Sips and Sweets 2015 will feature the area's very best bakers. Spend the evening sampling these tasty creations and bid on those same delectable goodies to take home. Invite a friend, we can't wait to share the evening with you. 

All proceeds from the sale of tickets, baked items, drinks and raffle tickets will directly benefit Art Feeds Carthage's little artists via creative education and therapeutic art delivered directly in the Carthage elementary schools. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance for $8 by November 10, or at the door for $10. Contact Alyssa Hunter (417) 388-1224 for event tickets, raffle tickets and any other questions. 

Why Art Feeds Matters

Posted On
Jun
16
2015

I am sometimes asked, "Why does a community need Art Feeds, don't we already have art class & counselors in school?" Yes & yes, and those are vital for the healthy development of our children. Art Feeds is not a replacement for traditional art class and we aren't counselors providing therapy, however we work in partnership with the academic structure of a school to enhance student learning & well-being through art forms.

So who are we?

Art Feeds provides therapeutic art and creative education lessons within elementary schools & children’s organizations by mobilizing teams of trained community members to bring all forms of art – dancing, painting, music, sculpture, storytelling, mural making, and more – into classrooms. Art Feeds curriculum, developed in conjunction with an Art Therapist, Child Trauma Specialist and Certified Teacher, is designed to 1.) Increase self-efficacy and self worth, 2.) Increase creative problem solving and resiliency skills, and 3.) Reduce fear, stress, and anxiety in children. The ultimate goal – help kids feel powerful beyond measure!

Most importantly, why does what we do matter?


Being a kid can be tough at times. Some face big traumas such as chronic undernourishment or abuse, others deal with language or cultural hurdles, and some are confronted with more everyday frustrations like not making a team or disagreements with friends. These challenges can bring on feelings of unworthiness, and those feelings of self-doubt sometimes show up as acting out in class, underachievement, sadness, unkindness, withdrawing, or anger. So…

•Giving kids another outlet to express their feelings and tell their story matters.
•Encouraging children to use their hearts, bodies & minds to create and share something through painting, drawing, storytelling, dance, or sculpture matters.
•Having community members invest their time to listen and ask questions of children and their art matters.
•Helping kids build self-confidence in an environment where creativity rules and there are no right or wrong answers matters.
•Caring adults who encourage kids to try challenging art projects and not give up matters.
•Helping children choose kindness matters.
•Giving kids a new vehicle to relieve stress and express themselves in unique ways matters.
•Volunteering each week to sit down next to children to see it from their perspective matters.
•Encouraging creativity skills in kids that will help them solve problems in their lives and in our world matters.

And whether you are a dedicated teacher or administrator, loving parent or grandparent, volunteer with Art Feeds or other organization helping children, generous sponsor of Art Feeds or a kids’ sports team, community artist sharing your talents during an art camp, coach of pack of little ones playing sports, or caring neighbor routing for kids from the sidelines, Art Feeds loudly & proudly cheers you on as you give of yourself, because it takes us all, and it all matters!

Heather Goff Collier

Art Feeds National Board of Directors

Art Feeds Carthage Volunteer

Lover & supporter of kids

6/15/15

Art Feeds Grown Ups: Summer Series

Posted On
May
18
2015

​Art Feeds Grown Ups is back for summer and we are doing this a little different this time around!

Unlike our previeous Grown Up workshops, there will only be one craft offered per workshops. This is for the non-crafters and most experienced creatives alike. Art Feeds Joplin staff will be on site to help with the entire process from start to finish, you create, enjoy and make the mess, we provide the tools and do all the clean up. These events will be from 6:00-8:00 pm on three different Monday nights (June 15h, June 29th, and July 13th) at the back room of Joplin Avenue Coffee Company known as “The Grind”. Everything will be provided all you have to do is show up!

Ticket provides all supplies needed for you to create your craft, a snack & one ticket for a drink brewed up by our favorite baristas at Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (or glass of wine at our wine event). In addition to the supplies, sweets and caffeine- you’ll have the help of Art Feeds Joplin staff to make your creation perfect. By the end of the night, you’ll have the perfect item ready to go into your own home or gift to a loved one. It’s the perfect crafty night out.

MONDAY, JUNE 15 | Set of 2 Wine Glasses and Wine Stopper | 6 PM - 8PM

Design your own set of two wine glasses and create a unique wine stopper!

Wine and cheese are included for snacks and sips.

MONDAY, JUNE 29 | Serving Tray | 6 PM - 8PM

Design your very own custom serving tray. Custom cut wooden base + two handles included.

MONDAY, JULY 13 | Painted Planter | 6 PM - 8PM

One 12 inch pot, rope, + decorative beads. All the supplies are included to created your own hanging planter!


Every craft is completely customizable!

Mural Reveal at West Central Elementary

Posted On
May
15
2015

​We celebrated this week as another mural was revealed at West Central Elementary. The reveal was special because in was in partnership with the reveal of the new Community Storm Shelter located at West Central’s gymnasium.

One of Art Feeds Joplin’s curriculum tracks is mural production by elementary school students. To date, Art Feeds Joplin has produced 11 student driven murals and will have 16 by spring’s end. We are excited to reveal one of our most recent murals at West Central Elementary! The reveal celebrated the sponsorship, time spent in the classroom and volunteer time spent making the mural possible. With the dedicated time and energy of our Art Feeds Educators- over the course of 4 weeks, every student in the school participated in the creation process by choosing the theme, colors and design. West Central Elementary student’s voted on the theme “Dreams and Perseverance” and created illustrations revolving around that theme. The mural is completely student inspired and driven from beginning to end.

Once the student’s ideas were created in the classroom, our wonderful partner artist Sam Matthews spent over 40 hours merging their drawings into a greater work of art- including a candy garden and animal rescue station! Sam’s drawings were then put into Illustrator and made into a graphic work with over 40 hours of work by our wonderful graphics gal, Abby Spillane.

This mural would not be possible without the generosity of sponsor Anne Sharp! Thanks Anne for helping get this beautiful artwork displayed for all to see!

Help AFJ win $25,000 for Joplin little artists!

Posted On
May
15
2015

​Did you see? Art Feeds Joplin is in the running to win $25,000 from the State Farm Neighborhood Assist voting grant. We can’t do it without you, though! What do you need to do? Thanks for asking!

Voting lasts until June 3rd and everyday, each person gets the chance to cast 10 votes. Be sure to use all 10 of your votes each day!

Art Feeds Joplin + Joplin School’s 4 Tenants

Posted On
May
06
2015

​We absolutely love working with our schools here in Joplin!

We make sure to do anything we possibly can to make the Art Feeds experience better for the students, while staying in line with our mission. This year, Joplin Schools launched a new curriculum for learning. Based on four tenants, the entire district is unified int heir teaching. We believe that our mission and curriculum aligns with the four tenants as well! Below, you will find a list of the tenants, what they are, and how we align.

We are excited to be in partnership with Joplin Schools, working alongside such talented teachers!

Tenant no. 1: Competency Based

Learners move toward their goals based on their ability to demonstrate and provide evidence that they have mastered the success criteria aligned to the standards. Learners use a self-regulated process to accelerate their learning.

How Art Feeds is Competency Based

Art Feeds’ curriculum and programing drives students towards their goals through enhancing creative problem solving skills which supports confidence in the classroom and in test taking. Art Feeds supports a personal, student-led creative process. In Joplin, for the 2015-2016, we are launching curriculum “tie-in’s.” We are working alongside Joplin Elementary schools to create various ways we can “tie-in” concepts from the classroom to our lessons.

Tenant no. 2: Learner Owned

Learners understand that there is a direct relationship between increasing their own learning and the amount of effort they strategically exert. Frequent use of self-regulated learning process allows learners the ability to understand their own strengths and learning challenges.

How Art Feeds is Learner Owned

Our programs help learners understand that there is a direct correlation between the amount of effort exerted and their own growth. There is an increase in grit and perseverance in students that participate in Art Feeds programming. There is a 22% increase in self-efficacy within student who take part in our programming. Through our programming, we teach children to prioritize creativity as a valuable skill in education.

Tenant no. 3: Personalized

Learning experiences are customized for the students and employees. They develop connected relationships with the people they learn with, and use technology to support their own learning.

How Art Feeds is Personalized

Art Feeds promotes personalized learning. Each lesson enables the student to personally express themselves through creative education and therapeutic art. In the Art Feeds classroom, we work to create collaborative environments where students value ideas of each other and grow their own ideas. We hope that our students develop connected relationships within the Art Feeds classroom.

Tenant no. 4: Possible Anytime, Anywhere

Time is fully used by students and employees. Learning can happen in a variety of settings in and out of the school day as long as the learner is seeking to continually master their goals for success. Students and employees take advantage of digital technologies to enhance and extend their learning.

How Art Feeds is Possible Anytime, Anywhere

Our goal, for our students, is that they are able to express themselves anytime, anywhere. We aid our students in the process by providing teachers and parents with the resources necessary to facilitate their emotion expression. Our programs are mobile and all-inclusive, in order to reach students where they are, regardless of their diverse needs.

Thank you, Carthage Community

Posted On
Apr
22
2015

You guys! We did it!

Jefferson Elementary Mural Reveal

Posted On
Apr
10
2015

​The little artists have done it again!

We celebrate as another mural was revealed this week at Jefferson Elementary.

The students of Jefferson Elementary collectively voted on Dreams + Perserverance as there mural theme. We can’t think of two better words to describe the students and faculty of this school. Over four weeks, the students were lead through our Mural Cirriculum. Every student was a part of the entire brainstorming process. They chose the theme, inspirired the characters and buildings, and even voted on a color palette. After the students dreamt all of the ideas, an artist and granphic designer (Sam Matthews and Abby Spillane) put in an additional 100+ hours of work to perfect this piece of art.

This student inspired mural features a donut building, inspiration balloon booth, a rock concert, and an astronaut riding a paint brush.

This mural would not be possible without the geneousity of Anne Sharp, who sponsored it. An extra round of applause for her!

Wish you were there? Check out KSN’s feature here!

Word Vomit: My Magical Mind Recap

Posted On
Apr
01
2015
​We can add another successful Word Vomit to the books!

Thank you to everyone who came out and supported Art Feeds Joplin. Over the course of the night, we collectively raised $1500 for the kids! Give yourself a pat on the back because we couldn’t have done it without you.
Throughout the night, we welcomed 8 talented storytellers to the stage. We heard everything from stories about awkward first kisses, to great leaps of faith, to ruining a 16 year olds birthday party. everyone left Palace Pizza with a permanent smile on their face and an ab workout from all the laughs. Let’s give one last slow clap for our My Magical Mind storytellers: Shaylea Brown, Sarah Goertzen, Jordan Starkweather, Eric Epperson (shout out to our Word Vomit king), Meghan Brossman, Julia Narrell, Lane Freeborn, and Molly Kraling.
We added one new aspect to the Word Vomit schedule this time around. In between our live stories, we share snippets from stories that were submitted by 5th grade students at Irving Elementary. These little artists’ words melted the crowds heart. We promised the full stories on the blog, so without further ado, the complete stories:

Uniting The Elements “We have to work together,” Joab said. “We must defeat the groups of spirits,” says Maradith. “Fire now,” Joab said. Wait, wait, hold on, we need to go back to the beginning. I’m John, John Smith to be exact. I was chosen as a guardian just as a baby, such as three others were. The others would be Joab from the royal family, Maradith from an old small town on the country, and Samantha growing up in the city of New York. We would all be trained to protect the world from the evil spirits coming in eleven years. We now must stop the evil spirits. When I was just three they sent me to a training camp where I met the others. I was frightened shaking and crying as they ripped me from my mother. When we reached the age of seven the real training began.

Tuesday January 1,

It all began now, this very day. Everybody was told to meet in the gym. “Today we will be starting with the basics,” said Coach Wilmer. “All of you drop and give me twenty.” “ I can’t do that,” said Maradith wearily. “I said get to it.” “I will not,” she insisted. One slap with a whip and the room was silent and we all were trying to finish as fast as we could.

We met up in the cafeteria after we had taken showers. “Don’t you guys think that was a little harsh for a seven year old?” said Samantha. “Yeah,” we all agreed.

We all got in line with our plates and they scooped muck on to our plates as usual.

“Why do we have to eat this,” I said. “I wish they would serve pizza,” said Joab. We all agreed with a nod.

Wednesday January 2nd,

Today was worst than the first. We all were sore and didn’t want to do this tough work. Today was pretty much the same as the day before. Then of course we had our usual muck to eat.

Friday January 4th,

Sorry I couldn’t write yesterday I didn’t get much free time. “We have so much work,” I said. “I know. We have so much work. There’s school and training, there is like no free time,” Maradith said and continued on. “I wish I hadn’t said anything,” I mumbled to Joab. “Thanks alot, now she won’t stop,” he replied.

Saturday January 5th,

Finally the day has arrived. No work today not, a drop!! I don’t know what to do first. should I watch T. V., catch up on my book, or sleep in some more? I finally decided I would invite Joab so we could play video games. We played all kinds of video games until we crashed at 11:00 p.m.

Sunday January 6th,

“Staying up was a bad idea!” I said to Joab as we woke up to the sound of my beeping alarm.” “Hurry we’ve got to get to training on time!”

I’m glad I was there because the oddest thing happened, not just weird but crazy freaky. Let me tell you the story.

“Few, I thought we weren’t going to make it on time,” Joab exclaimed wiping his forehead because we had to run all the way to the gym. “No kidding,” I replied a little breathless. We were doing our regular drills when suddenly Maradith’s hands were on fire!!!” Blazing!!! She was freaking out, but she just stood there shocked. “Calm down, calm down fear only makes it worse,” Coach Wilmer repeatedly was saying. “It stopped. it stopped,” Maradith said excitedly and a little shaky from what just happened. “ trainings dismissed, and Maradith can you come with me?” he asked. So we left and when I was leaving I overheard Coach Wilmer saying “How could this have happened? It’s not supposed to happen until two more years, if I calculated this right.” That’s when I knew something was up.

Thursday January 10th,

Everything was canceled because that whole hands on fire thing. Today Coach Wilmer said “We are back on for training.” So there I am waiting with everybody in the gym, and then the lights go out. “Ahh I can’t see,” screamed Samantha with an ear piercing shriek. “What’s that noise?” Joab said sounding alarmed. “I don’t hear anything,” I said. Then we all slowly turned around and saw there was nothing creepy going on except Coach Wilmer setting up a video. Then we all burst out laughing at how clueless we are.

The video then started, saying You have been chosen to defeat the evil spirits in just four years, it said in a deep and manly voice. “I can’t do that I’m just a boy,” I whispered to Joab. “I know. But maybe we have powers. Maybe that’s why Maradith’s hands caught on fire,” he said in response. He was right because then the video said, You all have an element to work with. Joab you are to be wind. John you are to be water. Maradith is to be fire and Samantha is to be earth.

Then Coach handed me a ring with a symbol representing water. it looked sorta like a wave, and it was blue shades with a bit of white. The band being a sparkly silver reflecting the lights. Coach Wilmer also gave Joab a ring with some wind symbol. A necklace to Maradith with a flame on it. Samantha got a bracelet with a flower and dirt on it.

“These will help you control your powers, and help you train to do certain things with your powers. Tomorrow when I come in I will be bringing three other trainers with me.”

I was shocked today. No explaining why. How could this happen? Maybe it’s just a scam. How do I explain how Maradith’s hands caught on fire or why we’re here, if this is a scam.” All these thoughts crossed my mind as I headed home. This is just too strange.

Friday January 11th,

He was right, there were three other coaches there. Two girls and a boy. “Maradith this is your new coach Rose. Samantha this is Laura, your new coach. Joab this is Derik your coach. John you’re stuck with me.” Yeah, won’t this be so fun, I thought sarcastically. “Now everybody has five minutes to learn about their coach. Then we shall begin learning the rules of powers.

Oh boy, here we go, I thought. “Well John what would you like to share about yourself or learn about me?” “How did they choose you to be a coach of people with such great powers?” “That’s a good question. I think it’s because I’ve done lots of research on the four elements and I was a bodybuilder for eight years. But of course I can only guess.” “Wow I never knew that. “Do you have any more questions?” “Yeah. I was wondering how many siblings do you have and where did you grow up?” “Well I grew up in a orphanage and then was adopted by a young couple when I was five.” “Really? I didn’t know that. Well I don’t really know my family or even where I grew up. I just remember once I was playing around with my brother at the park and we kept chasing eachother. It’s all very faint though.” I said, figuring he might want to know.

Then we discussed some more and then time was up.

“We better get going on the rules now,” Coach Wilmer said. “First rule is that no one can know about your powers. The Second rule is no practicing your powers outside of the gym and missions.”

“Wow we’re going on missions,” I whispered to Joab. “Sounds sweet,” he replied.

“Third rule is don’t battle against each other unless instructed to. I think that covers everything,” said Coach Wilmer.

Saturday January 12th,

Wow that’s a lot take in. I couldn’t stop staring at my hands. Could they really hold all this power?

Sunday January 13th to Tuesday 15th,

The day has come, finally. We will train and have things coming out our hands.

“Today John we will go over the four things you can do as a beginner. First is shooting water out of your hands. Second is water bombs, third is making ice and fourth is steam. These are just the attacks. First we will start of by trying to make shapes out of water. Got it John?”

“Yeah, I think so.” My heart was racing from all this excitement, and I was a little scared from all this.

“Okay, close your eyes John. Imagine you can do anything. put your hands up and try to make a sphere of water.”

You can do this, you got it, I said to myself. Then I felt it, a rush threw my bones, ending at my hands. Then a spew of cold liquid came rushing out my hands. I had done it, or so I thought.

“You can open your eyes, but still keep your hands up.” “ I made it, well sort of. It is certainly not a sphere but it’s a start!” I said happily.

“Now try to move it around. First you need to move your left hand down and then with your right hand only keep your pointer finger up.Then point your finger where you want it to go,” said Coach. I followed exactly what he said and it worked! “This is so cool,” I cried out.

Then it started moving around fast and I couldn’t stop it. It was going out of control! Then splat, it landed on coach Wilmers head. We doth kept laughing. “Well I think that’s enough working on powers for today,” he said between laughs.

Thursday January 17th,

Ravioli for dinner. It was yummy. We had some more practice like yesterday minus the spilling though.

Friday to Wednesday January 24th,

“Today we will learn defences,” Coach announced. “Yeah, this sounds fun,” I replied happily. “First defense is frozen ice shield, second is water a dome and third is to have a steam bomb,” Coach Wilmer said to me. “Sounds great,” I replied.

So we worked on that about the whole day. Losing track of time.

Friday to Thursday February 1st,

There’s so much to do. I’ve got to pack and practice with the others. This is so great! Ohh wait I forgot to say, we’re going on a mission!

Well sort of. It’s not real. It’s just a simulated area. So it is as if it’s real, but we won’t get hurt.

Friday to Wednesday February 7th

We’ve mainly been packing and prepping for the mission. It’s really fun because we are all practicing together.

Thursday February 8th,

We all met up in the gym today. Now we’re training together and learning drills. Like coach will say what do you do if a tiger attacks and then we tell him then do it.

“I like doing all this training together, and I’m siked about going on missions,” Joab said to me. “Me too. It should be great,” I replied.

Friday February 9th,

Got the day of which rocks. So me and Joab decided to go to the park. Then we hung out at his place.

Saturday February 10th,

“Hey, do you want to come to hang at my place this afternoon John?” Joab asked. “Sure,” I replied. “I think we should play a bunch of video games, and then see who can stay awake the longest. If you fall asleep first I’ll draw on your face,” Joab said. “It’s on,” I replied.

We ended up both falling asleep on the couch, so no one ended up getting their face written on.

Sunday February 11th,

Just one day until the mission starts. The suspense is real! I can’t wait one second longer. I’m going to explode with joy! In just moments I will be on a my first mission. The one and only mission of a life time!

To Be Continued On Part Two. . . . . . . .

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The Life of the Titans

Long ago in a land there was a birth of four babies. The doctor said that there was no time for them to live because they had a horrible sickness at birth.But the children lived and they grew to be seventy feet tall. No one had ever experienced on a human life form before. No children these are no humans. This is the story of the titans.

The titan children grew. When they grew an old maiden asked, “What are your names?’’ They had no names so they went to their mother and said, “Oh great mother what are the names of us four?’’ Soon the mother named off four names for the children. She said, “Gruce, Lathia, Drakton and Mathina.’’ After that she said, “ These are the names of the four great titans.’’Weeks after the mother grew ill. The doctor gave her only weeks to live. The titans came to visit the mother but by the time they reached the house it was too late. Lathia, one of the titan daughters, ran to the body of the mother. She shouted, “Mother no!’’ As a cold tear ran down her face and on to the body of her dead mother she awoke the dead body. That is when Lathia realized she was greatly powered!

Soon Lathia realized that her other siblings were also powered as she is. But they all had different powers. Gruce was able to start fires with his hand.Drakton was able to freeze people with one touch. Mathina could look into the minds of others and tell them their destiny. And of course Lathia was able to cure the ill by a touch and raise the dead. So the four greatly powered titans went to many lands to do some good deeds.

As the next fortnight past the the titan brother, Gruce awoke to be evil! The other titan siblings didn’t even know it yet. It was an accident waiting to happen. The three titans went to the market to get to get bread. When they returned the house was perished in flames. Gruce had burnt the house down. “ Why Gruce”, cried Mathina. “This is a wonderful show is it not?” Drakton was so angry about his house that he used his powers against Gruce. He was frozen forever.

Soon after the three titans went to a different land. They forgot all about Gruce. When they got to another land a man came up to them and said, “ Why are you three so, so giant?” “ I mean don’t take it the wrong way I mean it is great.” After the man in the town said that to the titans he said, “ How would you like to be in the paper?” “ What is the paper?” Asked Lathia. Then the man replied, “it is where we write about you on a piece of paper and the great town reads it.” “Oh”, they say in surprise. “No,” Drakton said boldly. “Why great brother”?, said Mathina wearily. “Because we can not have Gruce knowing that we are here.” Said Drakton. Also we can not use our powers.” “Agreed’’ replied the other titans firmly.

After a few years, the titans returned to their birth land. They were still afraid of Gruce. But to see their mother they would go. They reached the town, but when they got there Gruce, a titan brother was dead. “ All hail the titan saviors have returned,” shouted the towns people. “ The ruler would like to speak with you,” said a town seeker in a dutch aksent. Walking to the rulers house the titans were shaking with fear. But they were happy about Gruce’s death. “Welcome great ones,” says the ruler. “Twas your journey fierce?” “ No great ruler twas very peaceful” said Drakton calmly. “We saw a lot of powerful- scenery” Mathina finished Lathia’s sentence. “ Why did you want to see us?” Said Drakton buffly. “Ah yes the death of your titan brother, Gruce”, said the town ruler softly. “He was already frozen so we put our best warriors in best armor and gunned him down,”said the ruler “Ahhh” screamed Drakton as the kingdom rumbled from the strong stomp of his large sized foot. “I am sorry about your titan brother Drakton.” “I had no choice!” It was either kill him or let thousands of lives parish from a giant!” “I will not tolerate this nonsense in my kingdom”. “ You may leave my kingdom all of you.” Said the ruler with great anger.The next fortnight pastas the titans were settling into their fresh, wonderful new home in which the ruler gave to the titans.On a cold, winter morning the titans were fast asleep. There were worriers outside the door. The ruler was planning to kill the titans in their sleep, from the outburst in the rulers kingdom. The warriors crept into the house hoping to kill Drakton first. Armed and ready the warriors crept up to Drakton. Then Drakton awoke throwing and killing each one the warriors. And then the ruler.

After, Drakton had to act quickly. So he took every body and through them of the bridge. Next he told the townspeople a lie! He said , “The ruler is dead.” “He and his best men jumped off a bridge last night at eight o’clock.” “The great ruler left me in charge.” “I am sorry great people.” But Drakton this is not true”cried Mathina and Lathia. “ I know you imbeciles I had to lie!” Why Drakton”, Said Lathia with great worry in her voice. “ I’m protecting you and Mathina”, said Drakton calmly. “If they found out the truth, they would kill us all some how.” “ I am the ruler now, long live Drakton.” He said greatly.

In conclusion the three titans Drakton, Mathina, and Lathia lived long in prosper. As for the dead ruler, he gained powers from the world that he crossed to when he died. As you know Drakton became ruler, and Lathia along with Mathina lived rich and greatly happy!

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THE GIRL WITH THE SPIRIT OF A CROW

Bang! Lightning struck the tree in my front yard. Crash! The tree fell on my parents car. I ran under my bed. I dramatically pulled my dog under the bed with me.

Ding Dong! I ran down stairs to get to the door. I slipped on the rug and so I opened it. Creak! A little baby midnite black crow was in a creepy black basket. “Mom there is a baby crow at the front door.” I said. “There is an old bird cage down stairs,” Mom said.

2 months later. ”Mom I am home.” I said. I walked upstairs to my room. “Mom where is finix she isn’t in her cage!” I asked in terror. “Oh yeah she is in the kitchen with me.” Mom said. GOLP! Finix eat a piece of asparagus! “What is happening!?” I said. A giant burst of light exploded all over the kitchen. BOOM! “Finix, what happened to you?” I said. The asparagus turned Finix into a fifth grade girl. “You are a girl!” I said.

“Yes! I am a girl! There are so many things I want to say!” Finix said.

“Oh you have to get outside now or you’ll miss the bus!” said mom. “Oh and Finix you can follow me to school,” I said. “Oh,” Finix said. Mom didn’t say a word about Finix being a human.

While at school, everyone was talking to Finix. I said, “ Hey Finix who are your friends.”

“Oh these are Faith, Jamey, and Amanda,” Finix said. “I heard you were voted class president,” I said to Finix.

Finix is the best. Everything goes her way and she doesn’t even have to try. But the brother gets treated like trash. Everyone likes Finix. While the brother nowan likes. He was picked on at school and finix didn’t help him. Then Finix eat some asparagus and turned back into a crow. Everything turned around. Finix was sent away. The boy became popular again. I am that boy. My name is Zander.

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The Dragon Chronicles

“Hurry, run!” Judy screamed at Alex. Judy and Alex are two thirteen-year-old girls. Alex has long, black hair, bubbly blue eyes, and a cluster of freckles on her face. Judy has straight, long, red hair, green glasses spotted with roses, and jade green eyes. Judy and Alex were being chased by to large dogs the size of bears. One dog has a large, nasty scar on his muzzle, the other, big black claws that reassembled chipped black daggers burying themselves in the dirt with each heavy step. Both dogs had wild black eyes, crooked teeth, dirty, mangy, disgustingly black fur, and weird spiky wings. The dogs chased Judy and Alex to the center of the forest. “Aaaahhhh!” Judy heard her friend yelp. Judy looked around desperately searching for Alex.

“Alex! I’m not falling for your dumb games!” Judy tried to sound brave but the thought of those monsters munching on her friend horrified her. Judy started to cry. “ “Help!!” Came a distant shout. Alex darted in to the area followed by the two creatures. “Aaaah!!!” Alex yelped, as she seemed to be swallowed by the ground.

Judy grabbed a ginormous heavy log and dropped it on the wolf’s heads. The wolves heads flattened out on the ground with a loud squish. This gave Judy a chance to investigate.

“Aaah!” screamed Judy as she fell in the leaves Alex was just standing in.

Bright colors and creatures and beautiful music surrounded her. “Amazing, huh?” said Alex from behind. Judy turned around, “Alex! What happened, are you all right?” Judy was surprised but happy her friend was alive. “This is Avery,” said Alex as a small blue dragon hopped around her side. “Cute.” Said Judy, even though she was surprised at the sight of a dragon. Judy couldn’t stop staring. “Where can I get one?” Judy asked, “Right here.” Replied Alex, just then the dragon turned into an auburn hair boy. “You can get one at the juniper tree.” Said Avery. “I’ll take you there.” Avery whisked Judy and Alex away down a purple brick street that sort of matched a blue streak in Avery’s hair.

Avery stopped at a moss covered tree with mossy letters spelling juniper hanging from a vine in front of the door. “How can anyone be here, its too small!” Said Judy. Just then, a jade green dragon covered in leaves walks out of the juniper tree. “This is your dragon form,” Avery said. “What do you mean, dragon form?” asked Judy in surprise. “You’ll see.” Said Alex. Judy suddenly felt herself pulling towards the green dragon, and before she knew it Alex and Avery started growing and growing, or was she shrinking? Then, it stopped.

“Okay, okay.” Said Judy, “Is this my house, then?” “Yep!” said a black and blue dragon that seemed to be Alex. Judy and Alex flew into the juniper, “Whoa!” said both girls at the same time. There were vines for curtain doors, and a twig stepladder running down the back of the tree. “Wow, your clean.” Alex joked,

but Judy didn’t care; she was staring at the juniper house. A wood platform was settled above her head with a small round dog bed with a green bedspread covered with leaves and vines. “Good night, Judy!” hollered Alex as she left. Judy hadn’t noticed how fast time had gone by, so she past out in bed.

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About LeBron

I’m going to tell you about a king, King James.The king of basketball is LeBron James.I’m sure that some of you don’t know LeBron Raymone James is a very talented athlete.

To begin with, LeBron Raymone James is a very very talented player not only in basketball but in football as well. Soon, the NBA decided that LeBron James was good enough to draft him right out of high school.LeBron James got drafted first round pick for the Cleveland Cavaliers. he was number 23 which Michael Jordan was his role model as a kids number.

It wasn’t long before the Miami Heat wanted James to play for them and he ended up playing for them in 2010. In 2014 he decided to go back to his hometown Cleveland. James now is 23. Later on, James had two kids their names are Lebron Raymone James Jr and Bryce Maximus. Bryce is not blood related to James. James lead the Cavaliers to the playoffs for the first time in 2008. James puts blood sweat and tears into basketball.

Even though, LeBron James stared when he was 20 he lead the Heat to 3 championship wins. The reason why James left the Heat is because the Heat did not have cap room for him as much money as he needed.There for, LeBron is one of the greatest players in history. LeBron James nickname is King James. LeBron James was born in December,30 1984. LeBron James started at the age of 20 he also started in 2003. LeBron James makes 1,000,000 every day on his shoes.

As you can see, thats some of LeBron Raymone James story. I hope you learned something you did not know. Yet, I know that theres more to his story, but thats a little bit about him! Do think LeBron Raymone James is a good athlete?

Eastmorland Elementary Mural Reveal

Posted On
Feb
18
2015

​​Another mural has been installed! Huzzah!

We recently revealed another mural at Eastmorland Elementary. This student inspired mural features some of the most whimsical creatures– a man weightlifting donuts and ice cream (can we get in on that?), a friendship fun house, and, of course, a hot dog carrying balloons.

Our educators walked the students of Eastmorland through the entire brainstorming process. The students voted on the theme (on in this case themes), worked as a collective, school-wide team, and created hundreds of unique images. It was a tie between two themes, but because of the split installment space, there was no tie breaker. The little artists of Eastmorland chose Friendship and Unity + Dreams and Perseverance. These two themes perfectly collided in a creative, circus theme mural.

Here are some pictures from the big day:

Mural completion would not be possible without our mural sponsors. A special thank you to CoCo’s, Anne Sharp, and Lauren Langland for sponsor this mural. We are always looking for sponsors for our upcoming murals.

Interested? Here are our upcoming murals and financial needs.

Here are some ways to give:

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to Art Feeds Joplin at 417 E 7th Street Joplin, MO 64801 with the name of the school you would like to donate to

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You can read about all of our murals by clicking here or visiting our website at www.artfeedsjoplin.org

Love Bites- A Valentine’s Day win!

Posted On
Feb
18
2015

​ A big thank you to all those who participated in our Love Bites Campaign this Valentine’s Day. Your generosity is so appreciated. If you purchased a Love Bites box, we’re sure you hit a home run with your sweetheart, but you also supported Art Feeds Joplin little artists. Hooray! So grab your left over V-Day candy to celebrate because the results are in! We sold close to 200 Love Bites boxes this Valentine’s Day! That’s $3,500, which all goes towards our little creatives here in Joplin!

We loved seeing your Love Bites pictures! Follow us on our social media outlets to stay connected to Art Feeds Joplin.

Love Bugs was a success!

Posted On
Feb
18
2015

Second Saturday Workshops are back!

We kicked off Spring Second Saturday Workshops on Valentine’s Day with a love themed workshop. We called it Love Bugs and we created 4 unique crafts and activities for our little artists. Our snack was even Love Bug themed! As the children arrived, they creatively colored a love bug coloring sheet. When all students were checked-in, we headed to craft number one.

Our first craft was making fly-swatted wings. Each artists received two heart-shaped wings. They painted the wings, then used a fly swatter and paint to add a print. They finished them off with glitter and the Love Bugs received their wings!

Next, the little bugs made their love vision bug eyes. They received two paper plates with heart eyes cut out. We equipped our little love bugs with everything they needed to embellish their eyes.

Once their eyes we completed, they headed in for a snack– cheese + cracker + pretzel spiders, of course!

The next craft was something for our little artists to express their love for themselves. We believe that self worth and confidence are of most importance for a growing child. For this craft, they received a mason jar and slips of paper. After decorating the jar with paint, we encouraged the students to write down the things they love best about themselves on the slips of paper. The papers went into the jars for safe keeping and we instructed the little love bugs to pull out a piece of paper whenever they need to be reminded of why they love themselves! The result was beautiful and heart warming. Check out these pictures of what some of them wrote.

Our last craft was for our little artists to express their love for someone else. Each students made a custom, pop-up Valentine to give to whomever they chose. At this point in the workshop, we gave each Love Bug their wings and love vision goggles.

Aren’t they cute?

Missed this workshop? Don’t worry, we have more! Check out the rest of our Spring workshops here.

Recap of Valentine’s Day Grown Ups

Posted On
Feb
18
2015

​Did you miss this round of Art Feeds Grown Ups?

Well we missed you too! Don’t worry it wasn’t your last chance. We aim to have one night of Grown Ups every season. Be on the lookout for our upcoming dates.

This Grown Ups was one for the books. We got to combine three of our favorite things: crafting + large amounts of coffee + Valentine’s Day! We had a full house this time around and everyone had a blast. Our crafts for the night included: a heart marquee, a wooden arrow, a conversation heart pillow, and a hand painted tote. The result was magical. We ended up with a room full of whimsical, hand crafted items–each one unique. We shared laughs + coffee while we cut, painted, and sewed. A special thank you to Joplin Avenue Coffee Company for hosting us!

Here is what you missed from Art Feeds Grown Ups– Valentine’s Day Edition.

These crafts may look professional, but Art Feeds Grown Ups is for everyone–whatever your skill level might be. Remember, you are a creative!

Know any little artists that like to be creative? Sign them up for one of our Second Saturday Workshops here !

Love Bites!

Posted On
Feb
04
2015

Still on the hunt for the perfect Valentine’s Day present?

Whether it is for your sweetheart or not-so-Vday-loving BFF, we’ve got you covered.

This Valentine’s Day, we are offering two boxes that are filled with goodies– the lovers box and the haters box. Each box includes: two cokes + two decorative, paper straws + a candy popper + 2 cookies (hearts for the lovers box and skulls for the haters box) + a customizable Valentine.

Order your Love Bites Box by February 10 by clicking the banner below or by calling Art Feeds HQ at 417.626.2323. Limited quantities available.

We will deliver to location in the Joplin area *only* if 10 or more boxes are ordered for one location.
Orders MUST be picked up on Thursday February 12 or Friday February 13 between 8:00am and 6:00pm at Art Feeds HQ (417 E. 7th St). No cancellations, refunds or exchanges are available for this fundraiser. If you fail to pick up your order during the designated times, Art Feeds is not reponsible for returning funds or setting up an alternative time for pick-up.
Have questions? Holla at us at 417.626.2323 above or email Ashley@artfeeds.org!

Now Announcing: Art Feeds Carthage!

Posted On
Feb
02
2015
ART FEEDS NATIONAL OFFICIALLY ANNOUNCES CARTHAGE AS AN ART FEEDS CHAPTER

Efforts to establish an Art Feeds Carthage Chapter began July 2014. Carthage R-9 School District enthusiastically welcomed the prospect of Art Feeds’ sustainable weekly programming. A partnership was created with R-9 School District, and a 12 week sample programming was approved for the behavioral disorders classrooms at Fairview and the Carthage Middle School this past fall. A team of Carthage community members were trained by Art Feeds National and used Art Feeds curriculum this fall with 20 students where we watched creative capacities flourish and expression grow. Through the fall, Art Feeds National and the Carthage community worked to raise the start-up funds for the chapter. Over 100 Carthage community members donated $16,000 collectively. We are thrilled to announce that in addition to this generous amount from Carthage community members, the Kent D. and Mary L. Steadley Trust, Bank of America, N.A Trustee has matched the communities effort and given the remaining funds needed to establish the Carthage chapter.

It is the goal of Art Feeds Carthage to provide free and consistent programming to all Carthage Elementary Schools and the Middle School by the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. This goal has been made a reality by the enormous generosity of the Kent D. and Mary L. Steadley Trust, Bank of America, N.A Trustee, who has provided the funding for full school programming for three elementary schools over the course of the next year. Fairview Elementary will be the first to receive full school programming spring 2015, with the addition of Mark Twain Elementary in the fall of 2015 and Columbian Elementary in the of spring 2016. These three schools, once launched, will continue with programming each school year. In addition, Art Feeds Carthage staff will pursue the funds to add the remaining elementary schools and the middle school over the course of the next year. When fully operational, Art Feeds Carthage will serve all 2,500 students consistently by the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. Art Feeds Carthage is motivated by the results we have seen in the classroom thus far. A mother of one of our young artists, Debra Magrum, shared her daughters experience recently:

“My daughter …struggles everyday with everything in her environment as well as concentrating in a very structured school environment. Art Feeds has provided a creative outlet for her to express herself. She looks forward to going to school again. That is so awesome to hear as a parent. I hope this program continues to flourish and help many, many more children. “

The Trust Advisory Committee shared, “ [We] feel Art Feeds is in line with the Kent and Mary Steadley Memorial Trusts commitment to education as one of the building blocks for the future of the Carthage community and the enthusiastic presentation by Meg Bourne made the decision an easy one.”

Two Directors have been proudly appointed to grow and sustain the Carthage programming. Alyssa Hunter has accepted the position as Executive Director. Alyssa is a Carthage native who graduated from Oklahoma Wesleyan University with a dual degree in Business Administration and Leadership. Alyssa will work part time as ED while she still pursues her with The Hunter Team at Pro 100 Realtors. We are confident in her leadership, creativity and business expertise to quickly grow Art Feeds Carthage to meet the needs of every student in the area.

Chelsea Hardy acts as the Director of Programs and is pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Education. Chelsea has been an employee of Art Feeds Joplin for two years, she jumped at the opportunity to bring Art Feeds to a new community. Chelsea has a passion for helping children in education reach their full potential, which makes her the perfect fit to coordinate Art Feeds Carthage in school programming and partnership with R-9 School District.

This spring, Art Feeds Carthage has big plans of producing a mural with the students of Fairview Elementary! A showing of the mural creation process can be seen at a student exhibition at ArtCentral on May 1st, with a mural reveal to follow shortly after. Art Feeds Carthage will continue to be active in the community at events such as Carthage Art Walk and have some creative fundraisers in the works to look forward to. If you’d like to get involved, follow Art Feeds Carthage on Facebook and look for the new www.artfeedscarthage.org to launch this spring! If you’d like to volunteer you can email Chelsea@artfeedscarthage.org. If you’d like to donate, email Alyssa@artfeedscarthage.org , or mail a check to Art Feeds Carthage PO Box 891 Carthage MO 64836.

Art Feeds Grown Ups: Valentine’s Day Style

Posted On
Jan
26
2015

This time at Art Feeds Grown Ups, we get to combine a few of our favorite things– Valentines’s Day and you!

When: Monday, February 9th from 7pm-9pm

Where: Joplin Avenue Coffee Company (the room in the back)

If you haven’t attended one of our Art Feeds Gown Ups workshops, this is a time where we invite adults to join us for a craft night. All supplies are provided, including a coffee drink of choice from Joplin Avenue Coffee Company and a snack. You don’t even have to clean up! We’ll take care of that for you. This time around, it’s all about Valentine’s Day. Each project is completely customizable; there will be something for everyone! So bring your significant other for a date or just come with your friends. We can’t wait to craft with you!
We will be offering four projects, with prices ranging from $35 to $65. Check out the pictures below to see our examples.

Hand Painted Tote and Accessories

18"x16” canvas tote with handles as base

Conversation Heart Pillow

24” x 24” primed canvas provided for any creation you like!
Stencils on hand for customization
Your choice of fabric for customizable heart
Sewn together by Art Feeds staff on site

Shot to the Heart Wooden Arrow

12"x30”
Hanger included

Heart Marquee

18"x24”
Lights included
Hanger attached
Paint to your hearts desire! Assembled by Art Feeds staff on site

Head over to our Stay Classy page to pick your craft and register for Art Feeds Grown Ups. Click the banner below.

Also, check out this blog post to see a recap from a previous Grown Ups workshop.

Spring Second Saturday Workshops

Posted On
Jan
21
2015

We’re back at it!

Starting February 14th, our Second Saturday workshops are back for the Spring semester. This Spring you will see a mix of revamped favorites and brand new workshops. We are excited to be back creating with our favorite little artists. Our Second Saturday workshops consist of four unique lessons and a snack. They run from 9:00 AM to 11:30 AM at Saint Paul’s Adventure Preschool. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start time for check-in and drop off. All workshops are lead by Art Feeds Joplin personnel. We welcome all K-5th grade children. Here is the best part: all proceeds from the workshops will benefit our services that come free of cost to the students, teachers, and parents throughout the school year! Sign up for any or all of them, but hurry because spots are limited! You will find a brief description of all our Spring workshops below.

Love Bugs!

February 14th

It’s Valentine’s Day and we couldn’t be more excited to spend the morning creating fun, love bug inspired projects with you! A day for celebrating love, candy and all things sweet… what could be better than that?

Rainbow Color Explosion!

March 14th

Do you love color? We definitely do! Come explore the world of color with us! We will find out how colors make us feel and create lots of colorful explosions together!

Calling all Painters!

April 11th

Grab your palette, painter beret, and brushes and come on down to our painting workshop! We will spend the morning exploring, learning about and trying our hand at all different painting styles, techniques and brushstrokes to embrace our inner Monet!

Photo Finish!

May 9th

Ever wanted to learn more about the art form of photography? This is the workshop for you! We will spend the morning learning about capturing light, emotions and telling stories through images. A picture is worth a thousand words and this workshop will be priceless! Get ready for your close up!

You can register for a workshop by clicking the banner below. Also, you can always call the Art Feeds Joplin office and register over the phone with a debit/credit card. Registration closes the Friday before the event at 4 PM. We hope to see your little artists every Second Saturday in the Spring!

Art Feeds Dance or Donate

Posted On
Jan
19
2015
​We’re SIX YEARS OLD (omg!) and we can’t think of any better way to celebrate than to boogie like the little ones we serve- joyfully, erratically and free of any inhibitions. We think that’s something to be coveted, appreciated and replicated by grown ups.

Here’s our challenge for you:

1. Dance on camera for 15 seconds (Hey, insta-video!) with #AFDanceOrDonate + challenge 3 other people to do the same.

OR

2. Donate $15 to sponsor an art pack for a little Art Feeds artist. (Right here!)

Either helps us expand our programs- by telling our story to more potential volunteers and supporters or helping us reach more kids by funding our programs!

Wanna see who else is boogying? Check it out by searching #AFDanceOrDonate. And (as always), follow us on FB, Twitter or Instagram.

#ArtFeedsTurns6: Our first stationery set!

Posted On
Jan
16
2015

We’re turning 6 years old this January and couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to encourage thoughtfulness, expression and creativity. This collection was designed by Art Feeds in collaboration with Write It Down Stationery and Chelsea Dawn Casey Artwork! To inspire creativity, the sets are DIY so you can make them your own.

Enclosed are:

By Art Feeds National

2 temporary tattoos

1 Creativity Wins sticker

6 blank envelopes

3 Art Feeds inspired postcards

Each Reads-

“That was a mess but wasn’t it fun?”

“No time for ____________ . Too busy being awesome.”

“Creative People Are Unstoppable”

By Write It Down Stationery | @writeitdownstationery

3 printed folded cards

3 solid folded cards

3 translucent paint swatches

5 calligraphy phrases

This set is DIY- take the pieces and attach with tape, glue stick, or glue dots to create your own!

By Chelsey Dawn Casey Artwork | @chelseydawncasey

1 8"x10” print

http://www.artfeeds.bigcartel.com

Big news!

Posted On
Jan
16
2015

We are excited to announce we are growing our Art Feeds Joplin staff!

The current Art Feeds Joplin full time staff- Executive Director, Meg Bourne-Hulsey, Director of Visual Content, Brooke LeMasters and Director of Creative Education, Johanna DeLong- aren’t going anywhere, we will be focused on our efforts to grow Art Feeds National to new communities. In this time of growth for Art Feeds National, we have sought out the perfect team of an Executive Director and two Directors of Programs to facilitate the efforts of Art Feeds Joplin. These staff members are in addition to Ashley LeBlanc who has been growing with Art Feeds Joplin in the past 7 months and will continue her role as Event Coordinator. Through the spring, we will be working alongside the new Art Feeds Joplin staff as they train to take over their roles in the Art Feeds Joplin Chapter. It is an exciting time as we welcome new teammates with a common love, dedication and enthusiasm for our cause.

Art Feeds Joplin has grown to impact all of Joplin School’s elementary schools as well as local private schools and children’s organizations. This total comes to 16 schools and 3 children’s organizations and over 5,000 Joplin students that receive Art Feeds programming consistently throughout the school year. Art Feeds Joplin has also partnered with over 17 local organizations for summer programming. Art Feeds National has an expansion announcement that will be released soon and that we can’t wait to share! We are proud to have found a fantastic team to further sustain and impact the therapeutic art and creative education programming offered to our little artists. Please warmly welcome to the Art Feeds Family:

Executive Director | Emma Frogge

A Joplin native, Emma has earned a B.A in Psychology from University of Missouri and a Master’s of Education in Licensed Professional Counseling from Stephens College. We are confident in Emma’s experience in mental and behavioral health and the non-profit sector. This, paired with her roots in the Joplin community, passion of using her talents to help others and kind heart will equip Emma as a strong leader for Art Feeds Joplin.

Co-Director of Programs | Kim Fish

Raised in Joplin and returning to the area after 6 years of Youth Ministry on the West coast and internationally, Kim earned her B.A in Biblical Literature and is pursuing her Master’s of Science in Clinical Health Counseling. Kim’s creativity, experience with program implementation and passion for people has prepared her to thrive in empowering our Educators, volunteers and students.

Co-Director of Programs | Sarah Goertzen

Sarah invested her time and talents as an Art Feeds Intern, where we recognized her energy, outstanding passion for creativity and dedication to children. Sarah’s hard work and positivity as well as her commitment to Art Feeds cause made her a standout individual for this important role. Sarah is pursuing her B.S in Education from Pittsburg State University.

You will be seeing these lovely new faces in spring programming, community events, Art Feeds Joplin fundraisers and covered in glitter and paint while investing in Joplin’s children all over town!

Art Feeds Grown Ups

Posted On
Sep
28
2014
We love working with children- so much so that we work with kids exclusively for all of our programming! Except for one night, when we call in the Grown Ups (with the young hearts) to craft to their heart’s desire over wine, friends & tunes.

We’re so grateful to Lesley Business Centers for loaning us this spare warehouse for the evening + Ironwood Custom Design for cutting wood for all of our crafts!

Set up was pretty dreamy.

Wood blocks for painting those hard-to-reach sides + aprons to spare favorite jeans.

And finished products! Such fun friends joined us and hit the photobooth with their masterpieces.

Thanks to all who joined us to get crafty! Stay tuned for our next Art Feeds Grown Ups workshop on December 4 . (Hellooooo, Christmas crafts!) We’ll open registration on November 1st, so stay tuned.

Have you heard about Art Feeds Word Vomit? Join us October 18 for a Night of Storytelling! Click below to buy tickets or apply to be a storyteller by emailing Meg@artfeeds.org with your story on the theme of Creative Problem Solving 101!

FBF: Harold + the Purple Crayon

Posted On
Sep
26
2014

There aren’t many better places to find joy than in a preschool. They have great taste in color, shoelaces and definitely in books.

In 2013, we collaborated with Out of Print clothing for this Harold and the Purple Crayon lesson at St. Paul’s Preschool in Joplin, MO. They donated the CUTEST purple shirts sure to inspire creativity for playdates to come & helped us get in the mode of creating for our lesson.

We read the book by Crockett Johnson and imagined what WE would draw if we had a magical purple crayon. On the walls. With markers. (Have no fear, we claim!)

Don’t they have great ideas?! The next Van Gogh’s & Georgia O’Keefe’s, we say!

Today is THE LAST DAY to get free shipping in the Out of Print store + take advantage of 30% of your purchase benefiting Art Feeds with code ARTFEEDS.

Don’t forget to stop by and grab your own purple wonder or early Christmas gifts for your favorite literary genius (you know, preschooler.)

Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.

Art Feeds

Life’s Better in Your Favorite Tshirt

Posted On
Sep
24
2014

There’s something about the perfect t-shirt that makes even the simple things seem a little sweeter.

These are some of our favorite tees (hello, soft!) showcasing our favorite books ever.

Whether bike riding, reading or chowing down at your favorite ice cream shop, these are for you.

And until Friday 9/26, you can get free shipping with code ART FEEDS when you shop at the Out of Print store!

Then they’ll donate 30% of your purchase to Art Feeds programs because they’re just that sweet.

Thanks for these mad, cute photos, Kevin Deems Photography!
Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.

Art Feeds

Throw Your Own Hungry Caterpillar Party

Posted On
Sep
22
2014
​Books all over the place at Art Feeds HQ- there’s no better way to take a brain break than to hop into those pages.

But here’s the deal. It’s rare for us to find books that we love more than our old and trusty favorites for childhood.

When we found out our friends at Out of Print were giving proceeds from their store to Art Feeds programs, we knew it was an occasion to celebrate. With candy. And books. And Caterpillars.

Here’s how we through our Hungry Caterpillar Party!

1: an Invite

Be sure to invite your friends to bring anything the Hungry Caterpillar would scarf down. (Maybe we found the sweetest video for reference...)

2. decor

Get to crafting! Book pages, construction paper, sticky tac + modgepodge will get you set up. We used only things out of our supply closet & wha-la! If you’re feeling fall-ish like us, sunflowers in recycled coke bottles add the perfect pops of color.

3. music.

Definitely The Beatles. You know.

4. get snazzy & celebrate!

Our team adores our Out of Print tees and we couldn’t help but rep them for this party.

Until September 26, get Free Shipping on your order at the Out of Print store when you use code ARTFEEDS- then they’ll donate 30% of your purchase to Art Feeds programs. How sweet is that? Get to shopping here.

Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.

Art Feeds

Art Feeds Faves: Out of Print Clothing

Posted On
Sep
11
2014
HEY PARTY PEOPLE!

We have a big ole fangirl crush on Out of Print clothing- Out of Print celebrates the world’s great stories through fashion. Their products feature iconic and often out of print book covers. Some are classics, some are just curious enough to make great t-shirts, but all are striking works of art. And it gets better- For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through their partner Books For Africa.

But here’s something different

There is a sweet deal happening over at Out of Print clothing until September 26 that benefits Art Feeds! When you use promo code ARTFEEDS at check out, you’ll have the option to select FREE SHIPPING for your entire purchase. Then, Out of Print will donate 30% of your purchase to Art Feeds. Darling garb that gives back!

​We picked out some of our very favorite items from their store- read below to see where we found them.

1. The Little Prince Onesie $22 | 2. Yellow Library Card Tote $22 | 3. Little Women Tee $28 | 4. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Fleece $42 | 5. Emerald City Pennant $12 | 6. Holden’s Hat Necklace $30 | 7. Poe-ka Dots Phone Case $25 | 8. Banned Books Notebook $6 | 9. Moby Dick Kids Tee $16 | 10. Match Book Set $8

So maybe we’re dreaming of pairing that Little Women tee with a pencil skirt, just ordered the Emerald City pennant for our HQ & can’t wait to stalk their fleeces for our brothers’ Christmas presents. We’re not TOTALLY obsessed. Just the right amount of obsessed, we’d say.

Who’s with us?

If you have any trouble at check out, refer to this tutorial. Don’t forget to use code ARTFEEDS at check-out!

Art Feeds + Out of Print

Posted On
Sep
08
2014
We have a total design crush on Out of Print Clothing. From aesthetic to content, tshirts to matchboxes, they run their business with generosity, style & soul. All items are inspired by literary works and they give a book away for every item purchased. For the next 2 weeks, they’ll donate 30% of proceeds from orders made by Art Feeds supporters to AF programs!

We did a little shoot with some of our FAVORITE items from Out of Print. Turns out they pair perfectly from polka dot skirts, overalls & skateboards. (Dare you to find a more quippy shirt with that kind of versatility.)

Here’s how it works!

All Photos by Kevin Deems Photography.

DIY Marbled Paper

Posted On
Sep
01
2014

All ages fun up in here! We love that we get to be surrounded by super creative people and we’re always enthused by what they make. We’ve been seeing marbled paper all over the web and HAD to learn how we could do it. Turns out you can do it with things you likely have in your home!

What you’ll need:

Construction Paper

Paint Brush

Shaving Cream

Liquid water colors* or watered down acrylic paints

An old gift card or flat plastic object

Aluminum Foil

Tape

Step One:

Tape down the aluminum foil and squirt a thin layer of shaving cream over the surface. Smooth down the shaving cream so it covers evenly.

Step Two:

Drip paint onto the shaving cream. The amount is up to you- have some fun experimenting with different outcomes! To get you started, we would suggest you use moderate amounts of multiple colors sporadically around the surface area. Then, take the non-brush end of your paint brush and gently drag it through the paint and shaving cream. Experiment with swirls, zigzags, and straight lines. This is the most fun part, but don’t get too carried away, or the colors will begin to mix and become muddy. Of course if you like it like that, by all means don’t let us stop you! There is no right or wrong way to approach ANY art project.

Step Three:

Take your piece of construction paper and lay it over your masterpiece. Gently press down to ensure there is complete and total contact between the shaving cream and the paper. This can be a little tricky because you don’t want to apply too much pressure to the shaving cream.

Step Four:

Slowly peel back the paper off of the shaving cream. We usually do it from top to bottom, but whatever works best for you will do!

Step Five:

Now off to the side, laying the paper down, with the shaving cream facing up, take your gift card and “shave” the cream off of the paper. At this point you may want a few paper towels handy to wipe off your plastic card as you go. As you remove the shaving cream from the paper your design will begin to appear from underneath! How cool is that?!

Step Six:

The great thing about marbled paper, is once the DIY is over- there are SO many options for ways to get creative with it. As your well aware, sharing is caring. Try making a thank you card, paper airplane to toss to your pal, or even use a hole punch to create some sweet marbled confetti to launch in celebration of a happy day.

There you have it,

six easy steps to some marvelous

marbled paper!

*Don’t have any liquid water colors? Never fear! We have a DIY Project for that right here.

BIG Changes & a Job Opening

Posted On
Aug
28
2014

Big, exciting changes are coming.

The application is now open to fill the position of Executive Director of Art Feeds Joplin. Wondering how we got here? Doesn’t mean I’m going anywhere, read below for the full story.

For the past 5 years I have had the privilege of pouring my whole heart into the little artists of the Joplin community. As a startup, Art Feeds gets to do the things we motivate our students to do each day- build from scratch, grow creative capacities, take risks, remain innovative and try new things. At Art Feeds, we never say, “This is how it’s always been done.” We always challenge ourselves to be better, the same challenge we present to our students in our weekly programs. Over 5 years ago, Art Feeds started as a happy accident sparked by one (kind, creative, resilient) little boy. We were then challenged by a natural disaster to move from special needs and behavioral disorder classrooms to reach all students in schools. It was there we recognized that therapeutic art and creative education is needed to reach the WHOLE child in education. It has grown to impact over 21,000 students to date. Surrounded by an amazing team of people, we have created programming with BIG effects that create community-based change.

Whether it is a large identifiable event like a tornado, a chronic trauma such as not being fed regularly at home or simply a child struggling with social anxiety- we know that our expressive programming helps build confidence, grow creative capacities, instill grit, promote teamwork, provide positive adult influence, expand resiliency and more. Consider a student who is facing hardships they should never have to face in the home. This child will hardly be prepared for learning if he or she is not mentally and emotionally settled. Expression helps with this. The world our first graders will inherit doesn’t exist yet- the most powerful skill we can give our students is the ability to creatively problem-solve. This starts in our classrooms. Art Feeds is a place where students are challenged and encouraged by the fact that there are “no wrong answers”. Art Feeds “Art World” is place where they can be free to express and grow creatively. Wonder how that works? You can check it out in their words here.

From the solid programming and lessons our team has built over 4 years, we have developed 4 semesters of core elementary curriculum as well as curriculum buckets tailored for specific students, such as Special Needs, Extra Love, Pre-School, Workshops, Outside events and Trauma Response. Although most don’t see this, all of this is housed in an online comprehensive system we call “Claude” that is accessible to all Art Feeds Educators. I won’t bore you with the details, but it’s a really meaningful tool we built from scratch that has changed the function of our programming. It was a lot of hard work, but we built Claude because we knew our lessons and the Art Feeds Method could make change in communities beyond Joplin. The kind of hard work that is worth it because we know how powerful children’s minds can be. In November of 2013, we launched Art Feeds National, making the programming that is in Joplin available to communities nationwide. Communities can now become a Chapter and implement Art Feeds programming. As our first step in expansion, we used “Claude” to provide 12 weeks of Trauma Curriculum to over 100 Educators and 1,200 students in Moore, OK in Spring 2014. Here we saw the potential of Art Feeds to flourish in someone else’s hands. Stick with me here, I’m getting to the point I swear.

It was one of the biggest moments of my life this spring on-site in Moore, OK, when I walked into Briarwood Elementary and saw the students’ Art Feeds Art Packs lining the wall. As I walked down the hallway, students ran to their Art Packs yelling excitedly, “It’s Art Feeds time!”- the same reaction we hear from students in Joplin, MO programs that we’ve invested years into carefully crafting and nurturing. This was astounding and wonderful to see Art Feeds working outside of my two hands. This fall, I’m proud to announce that Carthage, MO and Moore, OK are developing as sustainable Art Feeds chapters. As these chapters develop, Art Feeds Joplin is reaching more students than ever- 5,500 this Fall in 16 schools and 3 children’s organizations and is becoming it’s own Art Feeds Chapter.

Art Feeds has been the biggest journey for me. My passion is creating change in the lives of children, the vehicle to getting there is creativity, expression and art. I can remember the first time I trained someone to teach Art Feeds lessons- I was petrified. Would they know how to encourage the students? To build them up? To grow their confidence? To help them problem solve? Would they be as passionate about this as me? Those fears were stamped out when I saw the same investment and joy flow from the first educator in the first Art Feeds classroom. We now have hundreds of educators with that same passion. The same thing happened as I let go of different arms of Art Feeds Joplin and gave them to people more capable than I. Curriculum flourished at the hands of our rock star Director of Creative Education, Johanna DeLong. Social Media and Web built a life of its own and much more from the Brain of our Director of Visual Content Brooke LeMasters. It has been reaffirmed for me in these years that when I take the risk to let go and trust others with duties (even if it is painful at times) that I arrogantly thought that only I could do, Art Feeds grows better than ever. I have been the Executive Director for Art Feeds in Joplin for the past 5 years and invested deeply in a community that I LOVE dearly.

My passion remains the same- creating change in the lives of children. That is why I am excited to announce that in order to grow Art Feeds and impact more children than ever, I will be focusing full time as the CEO of Art Feeds National (a job I have been splitting with Art Feeds Joplin Executive Director for the past year). This allows me to again take a great risk that I know will have a great payoff. To hire a bold, creative, passionate, innovative individual for the Executive Director position of Art Feeds Joplin to Lead our thriving programs. This doesn’t mean I won’t still be a part of Art Feeds Joplin, I’ll be here to support our Joplin programming as I focus on new communities working to launch Art Feeds Chapters. My heart is here with the community and the students, I’m just allowing my heart to grow. It is our goal to impact over 10,000 children in 6 communities by this time next year- something that blows my mind from the 19 year old stumbling through this thing years ago. This is only possible because of a community that has embraced our crazy idea and believed that in our students there is a future powerful beyond measure.

So grateful for your love and support as we search for the best person to fill the position as Art Feeds Joplin Executive Director! If you think that’s you- I encourage you to apply here.

If you’re interested in Art Feeds chapters, check out our chapters page & check in on progress in Moore, OK and Carthage, MO.

Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.

Meg Bourne-Hulsey

Founder | CEO

Art Feeds National

Art Feeds Gala: SUCCESS!

Posted On
Aug
19
2014
Saturday August 16 was our very first ​Art Feeds Gala. We sold out of tickets, painted nearly every face & raised $55,000 for existing Art Feeds programs and national expansion this year.

We also announced the development of Art Feeds Chapters in Carthage, MO & Moore, OK- and the development of a brand new Art Mobile for Art Feeds Joplin programs!

We also announced some very exciting news. By the time we stand on that stage again next year, our goal is to reach 10,000 more children with Art Feeds programs in 6 communities. And the dollars raised on Saturday are a major factor in making this happen!

We couldn’t believe the generosity flowing from this community. (Nor could we take in all the brilliant dance moves they threw our way.)

Thank you, thank you to every guest who joined us & every volunteer who helped us pull this off. We couldn’t be more grateful for your investment in our kiddos!

Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.

Art Feeds

Photos by Kevin Deems Photography

Marker Hack for Really Old Markers

Posted On
Aug
11
2014
​Now that you’ve drained your markers dry with our previous DIY (and found some lids without a match at the bottom of the basket) it’s time for some fresh air! Let’s turn these caps into a jump rope to take outside.

What You Need:

Marker Caps

Thin Rope or String

Hot Glue Gun

Two Dried Out Markers

Drill

Step One:

Take your collection of marker caps and with caution, drill a hole through the top of each of the lids.

Step Two:

String the lids on the rope as if they were beads. It doesn’t matter which way they face, except the

cap on either end. The end cap should be facing outward (they will be in

opposite directions).

Step Three:

Once all lids are strung and the outer lids are facing outward, tie a knot on each end of the rope. This

knot should be snug in the lid.

Step Four:

Take one of the dried out markers and pull the center (the ink part) out. You can toss the center at this point.

Step Five:

With the centers of the

markers removed, place some glue on the inner rim of the lid. Close the marker

onto the cap and let it dry. Repeat this on the other side. These will be your handles. Now, take your new jump rope out and give it a whirl!

If you’re looking for some more fun summer projects? We’ve got some tucked away just for you right here.

Marker Hack for Old Markers

Posted On
Aug
04
2014
​Do you ever find yourself having a hard time throwing out markers that were good just a few weeks ago, but now seem unusable because they’re dried out? Never fear, we will revive those thirsty colors by transforming them into liquid watercolor paints.

You Will Need:

A Collection of Dried Out Markers

A Rubber Band

A Glass Jar

Water

Step One:

Remove lids from the markers, and bundle them together using the rubber band. The amount needed depends on the amount of dried markers you have as well as the size of the opening in the glass jar you choose.

Step Two:

Fill glass jar 3/4 full with water. Again, this may vary based on the size of jar you choose. Just make sure that the tips of your markers will be fully submerged underwater.

Step Three:

Slide markers in through the opening and allow them to soak overnight.

Step Four:

When you return, remove the markers and throw them out or recycle them at your discretion. They have been sucked dry at this point and the exciting part of this project is the new set of liquid water colors that were left behind. Enjoy!

Up-cycling and re-purposing used or unwanted items can be a great way to start conversations about going green and using our resources wisely. What other ways can you create something fresh and fun from your household items with your family?

If you’re looking for some pointers you can check out the Marker Hack for New Markers and the Marker Hack for Really Old Markers to get inspired.

In the Library, The Mighty Library, The Artists Work Tonight

Posted On
Aug
04
2014
​For this Library workshop we took a walk on the wild side

and examined art through a natural perspective. You can eat vegetables, cook
with vegetables, but did you think you could paint and stamp with vegetables?
We discovered that Happy Sticks are made to share, Pet Rocks are the ultimate
best friend, and dance parties should ALWAYS happen with grass beneath your
toes.

What ways can you think to make Earthy art?

Art Feeds Gala Style: Blue Moon Market

Posted On
Jul
24
2014
August 16 is creeping up- It’s officially shopping time!

Our attire for the Art Feeds Gala is Primary Avant-Garde: Cocktail wear in red, blue and yellow- and don’t be afraid to stand out! Guys, break out that tie you might not wear at any other occasion.​ Keep this on the downlow, but we’ll have a few cute ways to dress up your outfit even more! We stopped to see our friends at Blue Moon Market who have some really great pieces for this theme. We ran with a couple options- pops of color & even simple tones dressed up with accessories. This is a night to shine, so wear something that makes you feel unique, lovely & a little outrageous. Thanks to our fab model Whitney Warren!

Thanks Blue Moon Market! Like them on facebook, Follow on Instagram & stop by their adorable store to find your outfit.
And don’t forget- we made a Pinboard for even more inspiration!

Haven’t bought your tickets yet? Whatcha waiting for?!

Order online at www.artfeedsgala.org or by calling us at 417.626.2323.

Glow, Shine, Sparkle!

Posted On
Jul
22
2014

​Throw some glitter

in the air, it’s time to

glow, shine, and sparkle!

At this Workshop we had some serious fun painting with glow

sticks, creating some sparkly eats, and each having our own time to shine. Some

of these shining stars included kiddos that not only excel in art but also “aren’t

afraid to be themselves,” “speak Spanish,” and “like who they are.” This is the

self love that encourages us each day, and a confidence that is unmatched.

Take a look at some of their creations!

To get in on this action, register for our next Second Saturday Workshop here.

Marker Hack for New Markers

Posted On
Jul
22
2014

3 Ways to Use Markers


Upon cleaning out the supply closet at Art Feeds HQ, we found ourselves with copious amounts of markers! Some worked perfectly, some were a bit dried out, and some were just a lid with a long lost marker nowhere to be found. What is there to do with all these markers you might ask?

We have just the trick.

It’s not much of a struggle to figure out what
to do with the brand new markers. You can color in a coloring book, draw on a
sheet of construction paper, or take them cruising on a nice drive. You heard
me right! In this tutorial we will take these coloring devices on a test drive.

You Will Need:

Marker of your choice

Tape

Large piece of paper

A Toy Car

(No driver’s license is required for this activity)

Step One:

Cut a strip of tape about 2” long.

Step Two:

With the marker lid removed, secure marker to the back of the toy car

using tape. Make sure that the tip of the marker is pointed down, and is

positioned so the car will drive normally and the marker tip with gently brush

along the paper.

Step Three:

Lay out a large sheet of paper,
and go for a spin. You can use the marker car to draw out a racetrack, streets,
or even an imaginary town!

Here at Art Feeds we have a drive for creativity.

Where will your art take you?

Summer Line Essentials

Posted On
Jul
09
2014
Here at Art Feeds Head Quarters, we believe in celebrating. Whether the occasion is big, small, silly, or serious- if it makes you happy, it deserves its own day! Of all the things we love, can you guess what one of our absolute favorite things to celebrate

is? (No, not donuts- although we do really love those.)

IT’S YOU!

Like our ole pal Dr. Seuss says, “Today you are You, that
is truer than true. There is no one alive that is Youer than you.” What
better reason is there to blow up balloons and toss around confetti* than
individuality. Today, we would like to introduce you to some of these creative
and fun characters that have been rocking our AF Summer Merch line, they won’t
be spotted without it!

​Sam

Summer Program & Event Intern

I would describe my style as thrifty chic and I tend to lean towards a more bohemian vibe during summer. To be honest, I love winter clothes. I’m ready to throw on an over-sized AF Pullover with some tights, boots and a beanie, but I love the new summer merch! It’s great for me because it’s so versatile. I can wear my Primary Tank with a maxi skirt in the Summer, but also layer it with a shrug or denim button down when it starts to cool down. I’m always on the lookout for cool anklets and bracelets. Those are definitely my favorite summer accessories, especially if they are handmade. (Modeled: Primary Tank)

Sarah

Lead Educator & Special Events Intern

If I had to define my style in three words it would be easy, breezy, beautiful. But all jokes aside, I love to color block! Speaking of color blocking, meeting friends for colorful and chilly treats is a must-do in the summertime. What is summer without snow cones? The perfect Art Feeds inspired outfit for snow cones is floral shorts with an Art Feeds tank, complete with a strappy sandal and fedora!

Raven

Curriculum Intern

I would describe my summer style as ‘Twenty-Something-American-Girl-Recently-Returned-From-Central-America’. While I was there, I not only developed a love for the kiddos I was teaching, I also picked up my favorite pair of leather flower sandals. They’re perfect to wear with my Create Tee and leggings to the drive-in! You can’t forget a sweater though, because I always fall asleep during the second movie, so I’d want to be comfy for when I inevitably doze off. (Modeled: Create Tee)

Brooke

Director of Visual Content

What I look for in an outfit is mobility for high kicks. 100%. When I’m headed to work in the morning at Art Feeds, I know I could be glued my computer making something pretty, painting a mural or leading a 100 child dance party by the time 4pm hits. Outfit adaptability is essential for my favorite summer activities, bike riding & exploring with my main squeeze Josh. Our newest blue logo tank is my must-have for any adventure where we’ll be tramping around in the midwest humidity, need something to toss over a swimsuit after poolhopping or might be challenged by a magical unicorn to show him material softer than his wool. You’ll totally win & look fabulous while doing so. (Modeled: Anything Can Be tee)

Chelsea

Communications Intern


I absolutely love all things vintage, being decked out in lace and I’m guilty of having quite a bit of pink in my closet. I also thrive off of sunshine and green grass beneath my feet. The Basic Logo Tee is perfect for me, because I can dress it up with a sparkly headband or throw on some cut off shorts to go exploring in. The Tee is lightweight so it’s the perfect adventure companion on these hot summer days! I went ahead and did some back to school shopping and stocked up on AF gear so I can represent these kiddos in Art Feeds programming every day of the week. (Modeled: AF Basic Tee)


Are you finding yourself in dire need of a Primary Tee?

Here is how WE wore it at Art Feeds Headquarters, but we can’t wait to see how YOU style your new AF swag. Make sure any time you’re rocking an Art Feeds Tee or Tank you snap a photo and hashtag #ARTFEEDSNATIONAL!

Well what are you waiting for?!

* If confetti sounded like a good idea, you can check out our Confetti Launcher DIY here.

These are tons of fun, promise.

All photos by Kevin Deems Photography.

Cherokee National Council Art Camp

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Jul
09
2014
​We had a fun filled week with the kiddos at the Cherokee Nation Council Art Camp held in Columbus Kansas. The first through fifth graders had a week of thinking outside the box to stretch their creative capacities through some way cool projects that they could take home at the end of each day. All of the materials used were simple items that could be found around the house, so the children were able to go home and teach their friends the skills they had mastered that day. Friendship, imagination, and sharing a new found talent? That’s what we like to hear about! Some of the projects they tackled included newspaper beads, pinwheels, paint chip flip books, and packing peanut sculptures. We enjoyed getting to know these smart (and hilarious) bright minds and are excited for their pinwheels to spin in the summer breeze!

DIY Confetti Launchers

Posted On
Jul
02
2014
The Fourth of July is drawing near and we are ready to celebrate! Here’s a simple but super sweet Do It Yourself Project for your family to do together on this firework cracking, sparkler twinkling, Red White and Blue clad holiday!

You will need:

A Toilet Paper Tube

Scissors

Glue

A Standard Sized Balloon

A Hole Punch and Paper (or any confetti of your liking!)

Decorating Supplies (We used Glitter, Fun Tape, and paint)

Step One:

Create the most festive toilet paper tube you can imagine!

For this example we used decorative tape to make stripes,

but the possibilities are endless. How will you customize your Confetti Launcher?

Markers? Pom Poms? Scrapbook Paper? We can’t wait to see!

Step Two:

Make sure all ornamental pieces are tightly secured and
ready for the big launch. We found it was helpful to reinforce the tape with
some glue.

Step Three:

Take your balloon and cut it separating the balloon into two
pieces. The incision should be slightly above the neck of the balloon.

Step Four:

Tie the balloon as usual. This will be the part you pull
before blast off!

Step Five:

Stretch the open end of the balloon over the bottom end of
the toilet paper tube.

Step Six:

Secure the balloon onto the tube by taping it down and
adding a dot of glue for extra security. When this step is completed and the
glue is dry, fill the launcher with confetti! Again, we used a large hole punch
to make ours, but there are a multitude of options! Tissue paper? Glitter? You
name it.

Step Seven:

Once your launcher is loaded and ready for action, pull back
gently on the balloon.

Step Eight:

Release and let the sparks fly! You now have your own
Confetti Launcher to spread holiday cheer with on this Happy Summer Day. The
best part? It’s reloadable. We forecast Confetti Showers all day long.

Have a happy and safe Fourth of July! We can’t wait to hear
all the fun ways you had some family time whether it’s eating watermelon,
sticking your toes in the pool, or ooh-ing and aah-ing under a firework show!

June Heat, Downtown Joplin & Some Furballs

Posted On
Jun
26
2014
If you wandered down Main Street Thursday, June 19th in downtown Joplin, you couldn’t have gotten very far without seeing headband clad kiddos sporting their fresh pairs of ears or hiding beneath a raccoon mask. Who are these creatures you may ask? They are the lovable characters from the just released app, Furballs. As the game was developed by a Joplinite it only makes sense that the grand release took place at the Art Walk!

We had a fun night twisting pipe cleaners, attaching pom-poms, and gluing construction paper onto sunglasses. Meet us at the next Joplin Art Walk on July 17, 2014. We will be hanging out by Van Gogh smack dab in the middle of Main Street!
See you there!

Word Vomit Summer 2014

Posted On
Jun
20
2014
​Storytelling is such an important aspect to our culture and communities. Passing down knowledge, experiences, and giggle worthy antics is not only insight to what day to day life was like in someone else’s shoes, but also a way to connect the generations. Word Vomit was a great excuse to gather together and share tales of seventh grade speeches, trips to grandmother’s house, and the best senior prank this side of Saint Louis. We appreciate everyone who came out to the Kitchen Pass to share some serious laughter as well as support Art Feeds Programming in the Fall.

Keep telling stories and learn from each other. Whether it’s
a sunburned bum or a paint covered shirt of your dad’s- there’s always a
lesson to take away.

What’s your favorite childhood story?

Artistic Inventions at the JPL

Posted On
Jun
18
2014

There was quite the Invention Convention at the Joplin Public Library this past Friday. Artists tackled some of the world’s trickiest problems, by recognizing a problem, brainstorming potential solutions, and taking action and creating a contraption to tackle the issue at hand. Who doesn’t want an alarm clock that will not only wake you up, but also pick out stylish outfits for you to wear each day? And let’s be honest, everyone could use a zap or two from the “Be Nice Laser” which ensures kindness in everything you say and do! Today we used cardboard tubes and pipe cleaners, but who knows what tomorrow will hold for these bright eyed inventors. Regardless of what they decide to manufacture next, we know that the world is in good hands. Take a look at some of the creations that were cooked up at the workshop! (But don’t steal any of these ideas- they’ve been patented too!)

Want in on the fun? Register for the next one here.

Calling All Painters Workshop

Posted On
Jun
18
2014
When we called out in search of some seriously ambitious, creative, and polite artists for our Calling All Painters workshop on Saturday June 14th that is precisely what we received! Painters came from near and far came to learn new watercolor techniques, create masterpieces using squirt guns, and they even painted a piano! Keep your eyes peeled for some of the art work produced at this painting workshop, as it will be auctioned off at the Art Feeds Gala! (Trust us: you’re going to want to see this.)

To get in on this action, register for July’s “Glitter, Shine and Sparkle” or August’s “Musical Maestros” workshop here.

Art Feeds Gala: August 16

Posted On
Jun
17
2014

See red, yellow and blue paper and fabric scraps blowing in the wind? Hear that playlist softly playing in the distance? Yeah, we’re party prepping. In a big, bad way. You should see the confetti rolling in by the gallons!

Join us for the Art Feeds Gala on August 16 at the Barrett Ballroom in Joplin, MO!

It’s going to be the biggest party of the year totally showcasing the kids we know and love. Interactive art, unique ways to support our programs and the biggest dance this side of the Mississippi. C’mon, will you join us?

Click above to reach our Gala Site!

MBCH Mural

Posted On
May
30
2014

Missouri Baptist Children’s Home is an agency that helps foster children. They approached us about spicing up their offices (frequented by children of all ages) and we were totally on board. Because we think kids have the most creative ideas & widest imaginations, we requested that they be in on the design process. We hosted a workshop one evening to see what they had in mind for the walls. You can see below that we transposed their ideas onto the walls in a bright, whimsical style to bring them all together! Hot air balloons, ice princesses, polka dot hills, a queen with room for everybody and a very colorful little city. It was inspired by the little ones who are in that foyer regularly- and that gives us the most joy.

Kris Lowry at MBCH described it best in this interview with KZRG: “I thought it would be a great idea if we could do something theraputic and healing for them because they’re going through a rough time in their lives, you know, a lot of uncertainty. So I thought it would be great to partner with Art Feeds and have the kids leave their imprint on our wall literally and have something that’s beneficial to them, get some theraputic lesson out of it and get some enjoyment as well.”
Our favorite: the statement “Everybody Should Dream!”. Straight from a child’s drawing & now the first thing visitors see when they approach the MBCH office.

Did you catch the other mural installation at Irving Elementary that was installed last week? Wait ‘till you see what we have on tap for the summer!

Mural at Irving Elementary School

Posted On
May
28
2014

This Spring at Irving Elementary in Joplin, we created an installation 100% inspired and designed by the kids.
We’ve worked with students at Irving Elementary & Emerson Elementary for the past 3 school years- entering months after the 2011 tornado destroyed the schools. This Spring, both schools combined to share the name Irving and received an entirely new building. (And it is GORGEOUS!) We couldn’t be more thrilled for the staff and students to have a gorgeous, safe space to teach & learn.

We introduced a new Art Feeds set of curriculum for this school this Spring semester- one focused on facilitating an installation by the kids and for the kids to reside in their school.

The kids chose the theme Dreams and Perseverance and the color scheme Bold & Brights. Each student drew examples of Dreams and Perseverance. These images were scanned digitally & composed into one large piece of art. Each of those shapes was first scrawled on paper by one of the Irving artists! The artwork was transferred on large 3 foot x 3 foot plastic panels & installed in the main hallway of the school.

Whatcha think- What would your image of Dreams and Perseverance be?

Minecraft Masterpieces: Workshop Recap

Posted On
May
19
2014
Basically our most popular workshop all year! We had 25 little artists at our Minecraft Masterpieces workshop this week & we LOVED it.

Don’t forget that every 2nd Saturday, we host a workshop for kids K-5. Scroll to the bottom for details.

And here are some of our favorite moments:

Click here to find our upcoming Summer workshops!

Raise Your 38

Posted On
May
12
2014

$38 sponsors a child with Art Feeds programs for a year. That’s an art pack + 2 semesters of AF art therapist-approved curriculum presented by invested community members who think creativity is much more valuable that a few extra hours of free time a week. So many children say Art Feeds is their favorite class at school + that their AF educators are among their closest friends.

To make this happen every week, we need help. We need funds. We need you.
For the next 9 days, we’re challenging our community (Y-O-U!) to start a fundraising page & challenge their friends and family to help them reach their goal.

Start your fundraising page here!

Art Feeds Paint Wars Photoblog

Posted On
May
07
2014
THE BEST KIND OF SATURDAY
is the kind when you have to shower the paint off at noon.
24 teams competed on the field for our little Art Feeds artists for Art Feeds Paint Wars.
Here are some are our favorite shots from the day (plus, don’t forget to scroll down to see our grand total!)

Thanks to all our sponsors who made Art Feeds Paint Wars possible!
We’ll see ya next year.

Sakura + Art Feeds Collaboration

Posted On
Apr
20
2014

Our friends at Sakura of America make BEAUTIFUL, super high quality art supplies. Ever heard of Cray-Pas? (Ever been a child?) That’s them.

They recently sent us several Class Packs of Cray-Pas to share with the coolest people we know. And we know we picked wisely.

Our students thought they were pretty cool & we DEFINITELY agree.

Want to use this lesson in your classroom?

Sakura is even hosting our lesson plan on their website here.

For every Art Feeds lesson, each student uses a basic art pack with all the creative necessities. You can sponsor an Art Pack for a little one for only $15!

*Thanks to Kevin Deems Photography for this gorgeous video work*

Color Estes: Success!

Posted On
Apr
09
2014
Fall 2013, JHS students & faculty approached us heartbroken after watching the news of devastating flooding in Colorado. They came to us with a dream of reaching these kids in Estes Park with Art Feeds programs. We said “YES!”, but that we definitely needed their help. They were so ready. From there, they worked their buns off producing media, fundraising, crowdfunding, packing art packs & arranging logistics to get us all to Estes.

Last weekend, we traveled to Estes Park Elementary School to work with over 550 students. Each child received an Art Feeds art pack, a superhero cape & an Art Feeds lesson with our team.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you to all who fundraised, gave, joined us & welcomed us with open arms!

Here are some of our favorite moments from the trip:

Stay tuned for a gorgeous recap of the experience from these incredible JHS seniors who made the trip possible.

Cold Water Challenge

Posted On
Apr
09
2014

Have you heard of the Cold Water Challenge?

Here’s the scoop:

You record yourself jumping into something really cold. (pond, pool, bathtub, ocean, giant glass of milk, whatever.)

In your video or post, you call out as many people as you would donate in honor of if they accepted the challenge to jump into cold water as well.

For example: Our friends Mike & Arlen jumped into a river & challenged all 5 of the Art Feeds staff to jump as well by saying they would donate $10 to Art Feeds for each person to jumped.

So far, hundreds of dollars have been pledged because of this trend & we’re happy to carry on the generosity. (And we LOVE how many of you wild thangs are ready to go next!)

For each person we challenged who completes the Cold Water Challenge, we’ll give an Art Feeds art pack to a child at Children’s Haven of SW Missouri. We work with these little ones weekly there, but would love to be able to share art packs with children as well.

(Excuse us, have you seen our toes? So cold.) Start your own challenge in your community and see how far it will spread!

Word Vomit: Success!

Posted On
Apr
02
2014

One of the best evenings we can remember. Joplin folks packed the house to hear 11 storytellers share hilarious, thoughtful, exciting stories on stage at Palace Pizza- all to benefit Art Feeds.

Here are a few of our favorite moments from the evening:

We raised a grand total of $800 for Art Feeds with this event! Thanks to all who came, listened, told their stories & gave generously.

Want to keep updated with us? Follow us on Bloglovin’.

Columbia Mural Reveal

Posted On
Apr
01
2014
This Spring, we’re creating 4 murals around town in schools and children’s organization offices- Here’s our very first one to be completed!

After 4 weeks of developing their story surrounding Dreams & Perseverance, we ​took their ideas & created this mural in the entryway of their school. This coincided with their Operation College Bound Initiative, so their mural reveal showcased a little of both.

Here are a few snaps of the process:

*Video provided by Columbia Elementary School*

Stay tuned for more murals this Spring!

Word Vomit: Storytellers Announced!

Posted On
Mar
24
2014

Word Vomit is a storytelling event we’re hosting on Thursday evening at Palace Pizza in Joplin. (7-9pm. Be there. For real.)

It will be intimate- much like you’re sitting around with a bunch of friends chatting about that really ridiculous party you threw in high school.

It’s $5 to get in. That + a portion of the bar proceeds will benefit Art Feeds Joplin. (Holla!)

Our lineup is ready & we’ve been so excited to share it with you:

Let us know you’re coming over here.

Art Feeds Explained by our Little Artists

Posted On
Mar
21
2014

In class, we don’t say “This is helping you”, “What you are doing here is helping heal your heart”, “We do this because we love people so dearly and this is how we can show you”. But when we ask them to explain what we do, they totally picked up on it.

These interviews were originally for record keeping & supplemental for future videos. But they blew us away, so we decided that they should tell our story instead of our staff. They tell it best!

Thanks to Kevin Deems Photography for producing this video.

Interested in bringing Art Feeds to your community? We’ve got a page just for you.

What’s your favorite quote from these little artists?

Art Feeds Paint Wars: Coming May 3rd

Posted On
Mar
04
2014
Paint Wars is coming to Joplin! Join us for a painty battle of dodgeball using Art Feeds Paint Bombs benefiting Art Feeds. Rally your team of 10-12 players, toss on your goggles & get ready to get painty. Perfect for families, friends, coworkers, youth groups, civic groups, etc.

Location: Victory Ministry & Sports Complex | 3405 S. Hammons Blvd | Joplin, MO 64804

Early Bird Deadline: March 10 for $250 per team

Registration Deadline: April 25th for $300 per team

Here are some of our favorite moments from last year:

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER:

Hot Tips: Random Acts of Kindness

Posted On
Feb
27
2014
We recently sent out a call to action for anybody who was upset about the vandalization of our art mobile Van Gogh.

Join us in Random Acts of Kindness! If you check the hashtag of #ArtFeedsRAOK, you’ll find popcorn taped to Redboxes, tissue paper flowers galore, even our very own students hosting a “Dress Down Day” to fundraise for our bus repairs. If you want to join the party, come up with your own #ArtFeedsRAOK & tag a post!

Here are some of our favorite ideas from the web:

Leave enough money for someone to buy a snack or drink at a vending machine.

As a sign of appreciation, leave a thank-you for your mail delivery person for all of their hard work.

Share a snack! Tape a package of microwave popcorn to the nearest RedBox machine so someone can have an extra special viewing experience.

Share some kind words of encouragement by leaving handwritten notes in books at a shop.

On a cold morning, deliver hot drinks to outdoor construction workers.

Hide a dollar bill under a toy at the dollar store for an unsuspecting kiddo to find.

The options are endless. Share hope, lift someone up & let us know what you came up with.

Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.

NWA Upstream Art Workshop

Posted On
Feb
24
2014
We made new friends last week in Springdale! Our sweet friend Paige connected us with the charming & environmentally wonderful crew at Upstream Art a unique and engaging educational program utilizes art to communicate the function and importance of storm drains.

We were a part of an Upstream Art workshop at a Springdale Middle School with 4th & 5th graders focusing on:

+sharing knowledge of the importance of keeping our storm drains pollution free

+storytelling & planning a storm drain mural to be installed by an artist the Jones Center

These artists are wildly creative & seriously fun. Here are a few of our favorite moments:

Storytelling Webs- because everybody’s voice matters.

Brainstorming with Small Groups- because everybody is creative.

And Community Collaboration- because together we can make something beautiful.

Stay tuned for the finished mural!

#ArtFeedsRAOK

Posted On
Feb
21
2014

We are typically loud and proud with our kiddos at Art Feeds but we keep our personal matters very private. I struggled with whether or not to post this because I don’t believe in promoting negativity in any way. I’m going to share something with you that I think speaks to something bigger.

A few years ago we received a beautiful gift from the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition team. A Winnebago converted into a Mobile Art Center, completely equipped with the supplies and tools we needed to reach more students with Art Feeds programs. That was the year when we felt proud that we had 700 students on our roster each week, this year we have 4,500. The Mobile Art Center, we know as “Van Gogh” has embodied our mission of mobile programming to meet students where they are, with all-inclusive lessons regardless of diverse needs or backgrounds. (You can see us cry all over ourselves here.)

Yesterday we were preparing to bring our beloved Van Gogh to a community event and found the inside ransacked. Someone had broken in and stolen the sound system, any other valuables and ripped the wiring out of the front of the dash. This breaks our hearts and feels incredibly violating. We are unsure with the damage to the wiring in the front if Van Gogh will ever be able to hit the road again. As we looked around the bus that is covered with photos of our little artists, we wondered why someone would do this to a vehicle that is not only ours, but belongs to thousands of children in our community.

It’s been a week that has weighed heavy on our hearts. With local news and tragedies paired with this violating act.

I wanted to be furious. But I found my heart telling me something else instead. As I looked around the bus yesterday morning one thought rang clearly in my head, “THIS is why we do what we do”. At Art Feeds, we work weekly to give students the environment they can thrive in- an environment where students express their emotions and build their creative capacities. We work to build up kindness, confidence, self-worth, creative problem solving and so much more. Why? Because we believe that children are the most important members of our society and have a hugely valuable resource of creativity, innovation, and imagination. That what happens to our community children during their years of development is incredibly important. We want them to grow into the kind of adults that give of themselves to others. The kind of adults that work to solve a problem several ways when things get hard. Adults that work to build each other up, not tear each other down. Most of all, adults that don’t hurt others to get what they want. As gross as yesterday felt, it’s the best reminder of why we need to keep working as hard as possible at Art Feeds to help our students continue to thrive as kind, creative, innovative and resilient kiddos.

What’s that they say about lemons? Paint them gold? We don’t have an agenda for vengeance or an “eye for an eye” attitude. We want to disrupt the system and do something differently. In response to what has happened we don’t want anger or outrage, but rather we are starting a week of Art Feeds Random Acts of Kindness. A week that promotes SO MUCH LIGHT in the world that it shines into all the darkness.

Three easy steps to perform your own #ArtFeedsRAOK:

1. THINK: Some ideas for simple Random Acts of Kindness are: taping compliments to the ground, leaving notes on windshields, paying for the person behind you in the drive thru, surprising a stranger with an impromptu tap dancing performance, WHATEVER! Get creative, get out of your comfort zone and dream big.

2. IMPLEMENT: Take a deep breath, think of those people smiling big & go for it.

3. DOCUMENT: Use hashtag #ArtFeedsRAOK to show us what you conjured up! Follow us on Instagram to see what we’ve been up to too.

Thanks for joining with us. Steal the thunder from violation & tragedy & stuff it full of good stuff. Like kid giggles. And bear hugs. And Sour Patch Kids.

Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.

Meg Bourne Hulsey

Founder | CEO

Art Feeds

Missouri Arts Awards

Posted On
Feb
11
2014

Last week, we had the honor of rooting on our founder Meg Bourne Hulsey as she accepted a Missouri Arts Award in Arts Education.

“The annual Missouri Arts Awards celebrate people, organizations, and communities that have made profound and lasting contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state.” Hooray, Meg!

A snowstorm hit the day before, so the 50 passenger bus we had booked to take our friends and supporters along was unable to make the journey with us. So our team, board members, & family loaded up in 4 wheel drives to make it up snowy roads to the Capitol to celebrate. Here are a few peeks at our day via photos posted on Instagram by our team who was documenting:

Loved these buttons so much. (And we love their makers!)

Our friends made these beautiful cookies in the shape of the art supplies that fill our art packs for the legislators to snack on.

There were several ceremonies to celebrate Meg’s award. Gorgeous posters went to all those who received an award that day. Our legislators presented resolutions in a room COMPLETELY COVERED in Thomas Hart Benton paintings. (We could have moved in.)

And when the bus wouldn’t make it up, a few of our Spring Intern class loaded up & drove to celebrate with us. You go, girls!

And now this BEAUTIFUL bowl classes up Art Feeds HQ.

Thanks to all who have sent congratulations, joined us at our Cocktail party to celebrate & cheerleaded us from afar!

Medieval Mania

Posted On
Feb
11
2014

Every 2nd Saturday, we host an Art Feeds 2nd Saturday workshop. February’s theme was Medieval Mania (and our artists gave King Arthur a run for his money.)
Check out some of our favorite moments!

Our next workshop is:

We hope you’ll join us! Click the image above or call us at 417.626.2323 to register your little one.

Valentine’s Day DIY: Confetti Bombs

Posted On
Feb
06
2014

Art Feeds Boogie Grams

Posted On
Feb
04
2014

​Want the perfect gift this Valentine’s day? Chocolate? Lame. Flowers? Boring.

A Dancing Telegram delivered right to your loved one’s doorstep? Awesome!

This Valentine’s Day you can order an Art Feeds Boogie Gram where a team of dancers dressed head to toe in hearts will interpret your undying love for your significant other through dance. Dancing not enough? There’s confetti and a handmade valentine for every Boogie Gram delivered so your sweetheart will never forget the Valentine’s Day when you serenaded them with dance.

For $40, book your Boogie Gram for February 13th and it will be delivered at your time of choice between 10 AM - 7 PM.

Or you can wait until the Day of Love and book your Boogie Gram for February 14th between 10 AM - 8PM for $50.

Book your Boogie Gram by clicking here.

*Boogie Grams can be delivered to your home, office, restaurant, park, etc. in the Joplin area. You will be asked for specific information in your order. If you have any questions, call our office at 417.626.2323

Missouri Arts Awards Cocktail Party

Posted On
Feb
04
2014

The annual Missouri Arts Awards celebrate people, organizations, and communities that have made profound and lasting contributions to the cultural and artistic climate of the state. This year, Art Feeds founder Meg Bourne Hulsey was selected as the recipient in the category of Arts Education! Before heading to Jefferson City, MO to accept the award at the Capitol, we threw a little cocktail party so all of our Joplin friends & supporters could celebrate with us.

Here are a few scenes from our little party:

Aren’t they pretty friends? Thanks for celebrating with us, friends!

To read more about the award, check out the Missouri Arts Council site.

2nd Saturday Workshops

Posted On
Jan
28
2014

Every 2nd Saturday of the month, we host an Art Feeds 2nd Saturday workshop at a venue in Joplin, MO. For each of these upcoming Spring workshops, we’ll be hosting them at St. Paul’s Awesome Adventure Preschool. Each workshop is 2 1/2 hours focused on one theme with 4-6 projects using different mediums. Open to students grades Kindergarten-5th grade.

Click on each workshop for more information + registration information:

For any questions regarding Art Feeds 2nd Saturday workshops, you can call 417.626.2323 or email johanna@artfeeds.org

Birthday DIY: Glitter Table Runner

Posted On
Jan
23
2014
Three cheers for cost effective decor featured all over our Birthday video up there. /\

We’re always on a budget here (#nonproflife), but we love good design & cute decor. Catch 22 that forces us to get CRAFTY!

Here’s little DIY on how to make darling table runners & cloths with just 5 tools you likely have around the house:

Supplies needed:

Butcher Paper- We used white but brown looks great too, especially with colored glitter.

Scissors- Used to cut your butcher paper in any shape you can image.

Paste- We used Elmer’s glue. Modge Podge will work well too.

Brush- We’d suggest using one you don’t mind getting glittery… and staying glittery for a bit.

Glitter- We used gold, but changing up the color with your theme has limitless possibilities.

After you cut your paper to desired shape & length, start painting your shapes using paste. We stuck to geometric triangles.

Next, sprinkle a thin layer of glitter all over your paper. Gently shake the paper side to side to try to cover all lines that need a little extra bling.

Use your glue brush to reapply anywhere that need extra glitter & repeat.

We used a little plastic tray to shake our excess glitter into to avoid also glittering our favorite rugs.

We like our shapes a little imperfect, but you can repeat with as many layers & colors as you please to fit your decorating style.

Lovely little glimmer to fancy up, you know, the every-day-art-supply-wrapping-party.

Enjoy, friends. If you try it out, post below so we can give you 3 cheers!

Want to join our birthday party? Come on over.

Birthdays need Kick-offs

Posted On
Jan
18
2014

​And a Kick Off, it was!

For Joplin’s Third Thursday downtown, we partnered up with our friends at Kitchen Pass to host a birthday party with little ones.

We’re talking facepainting, dancing, cootie catchers, party hats.

A whole lot of sass.

And tiny people whacking giant pinatas.

Which was likely our favorite part of the week.

Learn more about Art Feeds Birthday Celebration over here!

We’re 5 years old!

Posted On
Jan
17
2014

It’s a big celebration at Art Feeds HQ this week as we celebrate 5 years of being in existence!

Every school who launches Art Feeds programs starts by giving every child an Art Feeds art pack full of all the tools they need to be an awesome artist. This year, we want more!

Here’s how you can celebrate with us:

1. Donate $15 to sponsor an Art Pack

2. Start your own fundraising page to rally your community to give generously.

*This is spot on for birthdays, anniversaries, half-birthdays, congrats or just for fun.*

Click below to get started:

Now Hiring for Spring

Posted On
Jan
14
2014

​We have new openings with a new year to join in feeding creative development & facilitating emotional expression in children!

Lead Educator positions:

These positions are paid hourly wages for the time they spend leading Art Feeds lessons. Experience with children & classroom management is a plus.

+Thursdays 8am-3pm at a Joplin Elementary School (K-5)

+Thursday Mornings at Head Start Early Education Programs (3, 4 & 5 year olds)

+Tuesday mornings at Turnaround Ranch. *Experience with youth with emotional & behavioral challenges is required.

Apply to be an Art Feeds Lead Educator Here

Art Feeds Volunteer Educator Positions:

We strive to maintain a 4:1 student to educator ratio in the classroom to ensure that all students have a pair of ears nearby to communicate with while creating.

If you’re interested in giving 2-8 hours per week in an Art Feeds Joplin classroom, we’re looking for volunteers for:

+8am-3pm on Thursdays

+8am-3pm on Fridays

Apply to be an Art Feeds Volunteer Educator Here

If you have any questions, feel free to email johanna@artfeeds.org to see where you might fit best at Art Feeds Joplin.

Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.

@artfeeds

Free Day

Posted On
Dec
11
2013

Out of all of our projects this year, this one tends to be among the all-time favorite Art Feeds classes. So much so that we include it in every semester.
Free Day- The day when students use any item in their art packs + assorted materials from the semester to Create Like Crazy.
This is the last lesson of the semester before break, so it’s a little bittersweet for each of us as we say “So Long!” for a couple weeks of play.

Wishing Happy Holidays to each of our little artists across Joplin! We’ll see you in the New Year.
Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.
Art Feeds
@artfeeds

Con-Way Trucking Rocks the Holidays

Posted On
Dec
11
2013

​Seriously, our community partners are the very best.

We were thrilled to be asked to be a part of Con-way Truckload’s 20th Annual Truckloads of Treasures holiday giving campaign. Con-way’s employees raised over $50,000 to purchase gifts for families in the communities! Last night, we all met at Target to shop for these families. Each person’s gifts were bagged together & places in the back of a Con-way truck. (The big one!)

Our biggest feat was finding a bike & helmet for a little boy under our budget. Our biggest joy was that they requested we roll the bike around with us while we shopped for the rest of our packet. Ever shopped via bicycle? We highly recommend it.

At the end of the evening, Con-Way presented a $1,500 checks to Art Feeds & other local charities.

That whole place was just ringing with holiday spirit & we’re so grateful to be included. Thanks Con-way!

Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.

Art Feeds

@artfeeds

Christmas Party

Posted On
Dec
09
2013
Because every season needs to be celebrated. Especially if it involves a mystical interpretation of a real animal.

In this case: Reindeer themed Christmas party for our Art Feeds Educators!

Every week, these valiant child-whisperers take a tub full of art supplies to 13 schools & 3 children’s organizations to share therapeutic art & creative education across Joplin. Our programs absolutely would not run without them!

Here they are in full party style:

Join our educator team for the Spring semester by clicking here.

— Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate. Art Feeds @artfeeds

Boxes of Confetti? Must be a Party!

Posted On
Dec
05
2013

​And it WAS a party.

2 weeks ago, we announced that we are scaling to a National level- reaching communities nationwide with Art Feeds programs. (HOORAY!)

But we couldn’t make our announcement without getting crafty.

Leading up to our announcement, we made the little love packages for some of our friends across the country to share the news. Check out their sweet photos they posted in response:

Thanks to all our sweet friends who shared their packages in celebration with us!

New Art Feeds Merch

Posted On
Nov
28
2013

Hold on to your pocket book, we’ve got new merch in the house!

Head to www.artfeeds.bigcartel.com to pick your poison & watch for deals this weekend on our FB page.

Every Artist Live

Posted On
Nov
21
2013
Our friends at Every Artist are hosting Every Artist Live today. Get this: 1 million kids are creating together all over the world & our 3200 Art Feeds artists were a part of it this week! Today’s the big day & you can see all of the classrooms taking part here. The theme is Gratitude- every student is creating a square under this theme that will be compiled into a mural to be displayed in the Jones Center in NW Arkansas. Here are some snapshots from one of our classrooms this week:
Thanks to Crayola for sponsoring markers for our programs for this project!
All photos by the talented Kevin Deems.

Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.

Art Feeds

@artfeeds

Art Around the World

Posted On
Nov
08
2013

Every 2nd Saturday, we host a workshop open to any children K-5!

Our first workshop was themed Art Around the World (& it was a wild hit with the little artists attending).

Between dream catchers, maracas, salsa dancing, aboriginal art & koi fish crafting, we didn’t want to leave (and neither did they.)

Sign up for our last Art Feeds Fall workshop here:

Artist Architects: December 14

Secret Agent Watercolors

Posted On
Nov
01
2013

​Here’s a little secret about this project that proves something we follow as a golden rule: The more creatively you teach a lesson, the more engaged & creative your students will be with the project. We start with white crayons, drawing designs all over the paper, then we paint over it with a wash of watercolors bringing the lines to life. Easy enough, right?The first time we ran through this project 3 years ago, it fell flat. “Oh, wax & water? Cool… kind of…”

Then we tried again in low whispers. “Guys- we are secret agents in here. And each of us has a secret agent partner. It’s our mission to draw a SECRET MESSAGE for our secret agent partners to discover. Only use your spy pen to draw your message- and make sure it’s bound to make your partner smile, they’ll be taking it home with them & will think of you every time they see it.”

We also tossed in: “High five the secret agent partner next to you & give each other spy names to use for the rest of class.”

“Who can make the most encouraging design?”

To disputes: “We’re all a team in here- if we’re spending our time arguing, how are we going to solve the mystery? Let’s go, super spies.”

And wha-la! Wonder ensues.

Collaboration between classmates, pride in work made together, problem solving in sharing, intense focus on designing & discovering. Creativity.

And now we use this as an example with our teams. If your students aren’t engaged, try again. Try a new twist, a new voice, get creative so that they can get creative.

And you’ll have the most innovative secret agents ever to fill an Elementary School cafeteria.

Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.

Art Feeds

@artfeeds

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