Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati
Six weeks of fun for kids in Over-the-Rhine! Patchwork Kids serves over 200 children each summer. They learn about art, teamwork, and responsibility.
Patchwork Kids Final Report for June 20th to August 8th, 2012
We have just finished our 11th successful year of Patchwork Kids. Around 235 enthusiastic children signed up this year at the Spring Fling, a neighborhood festival for children to learn what programs are available for them during the summer. Every Friday morning we met at 9AM in the Pendleton street area of Over the Rhine. Mentors from Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati, other area art clubs, and the community included: Deb Simons-Reeves, David Klocke, Al Andrews, Linda Stransky, Velma Morris, Carol Mc Afee, Sue Helbling, Barb Chenault, Marge Wasielewski, Ariene Brown and her son Nathan, and my granddaughter, Becca Hoevenaar and Anna White. 15 parents were there to help the children draw as well as encourage them. Our structured program for the parent mentors means that they were given specific jobs to do, and they willing accepted the responsibility. We are seeing a tremendous thing happening with the program. The community is pulling together to help. It is wonderful to see this happening.
On 6 Friday mornings, after the children signed in, sidewalk chalk was distributed, a weekly theme discussed, and the children began designing their patches of sidewalk. In about an hour the artist judges went around to evaluate the patches and give out certificates which told each child what was outstanding about his work. At that point, the judges collected the name tags from the children who had finished a patch so that we could take attendance and reward those who had actually done the work. Each week the children finished a patch, they earned a point towards final awards in the form
We are most grateful to our many donors: Members of Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati, and other area art clubs, The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, The Fine Arts Fund, The Dater Foundation, Marge Schott Foundation, The Stillson Foundation at Fifth Third Bank, Barbara Kock, CPA and The Kennedy Charitable Trust. Without this generous support we could not have helped so many children this summer. The parents were so appreciative of this help in preparing their children for school. We received many notes of gratitude as well as hugs and smiles.
The original goals of this project were more than to just help the children get ready for school. They were to help bring unity to our city, give the children a worthwhile summer activity where they could learn a work ethic and at the same time have fun learning about art, help build their self worth, and teach them to respect their neighborhood by beautifying their sidewalks and keeping trash picked up. Again these goals have been met in a big way. Congratulations and thanks to the Woman’s Art Club of Cincinnati for sponsoring this wonderful children’s program!
Mary Jean Weber, Chairman