We Go Biking and Dancing Along

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Patchwork Central’s summer Arts & Smarts Children’s Programming has been active and animated throughout the month of June. Art Garden Week I was followed by two Bike Weeks for teens. First, participants practiced their bike repair basics in Patchwork’s studio under the supervision of Pete and Paul, our regular Bike Shop volunteers, and Charles from […]

Summertime

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Patchwork is a magical place, and during the Arts & Smarts Program’s Art Garden Weeks, that magic is condensed into a few short mornings. Last week was our first Art Garden Week of the summer. A wonderful group of children and adults gathered each morning. Each morning they were transported by Susan Fowler’s stories. They […]

Celebrating the School Year

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Last Thursday evening, our Arts & Smarts program celebrated the many successes of the past school year during our End of the School Year Celebration. We celebrated the kids who improved their reading, who improved their math, who made great art, and who faithfully attended our programming. We celebrated the volunteers who, as part of […]

Very Important Artists

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Some artists dream of having their artwork on display in one of their city’s most important buildings. Some artists dream of creating a portrait of one of their city’s most important people. Some artists dream of having their artwork on display at one of their city’s most important art galleries. Two weeks ago, the young […]

A Good Start to the New Year

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Patchwork’s Arts & Smarts Children’s Program is just a few days into our spring semester, but already good things are happening. Our participants have begun some new art projects. For one, they are learning about radial geometry, color mixing, and graphic design by drawing a pattern using their initials and duplicating that pattern to create […]

The Season of Thankfulness

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Six of our current Arts & Smarts after school participants are second generation “Patchwork kids.” Their families know that they will be supported and cared for as individuals. Their families know this because they have experienced it themselves. We are part of their community. One man lives in a house near Patchwork. He’s very tall […]

What’s Your Spark?

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We spend a lot of time talking about sparks in the Arts & Smarts after school program. Our adult volunteers and staff have shared them. Then the children have added their own. No, it’s nothing dangerous. Sparks are actually something that helps kids succeed in life! It’s all based on research that comes from The […]

Arts & Smarts, Fall 2018 Edition

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Patchwork’s Arts & Smarts program began its fall semester this week, and what a good week it’s been. We’re seeing some familiar faces and some new ones among both our participants and our volunteers. We’ve marveled at how much some of our returning participants have grown over the summer. We’ve introduced ourselves to new children and […]