Sparking Kids’ Creativity

During a summer when the pandemic significantly reduced vitally needed enrichment activities for children, a $1,000 grant from Innovia enabled the Blue Mountain Artisan Guild (BMAG)
to offer a curbside pick-up art program for youth who live in the rural wheat farming communities of southeastern Washington.

The program provided children ages 2 to 17 with take-home summer art bags that included a variety of activities such as clay modeling, drawing, painting and scratch art. As a result, kids were able to spend seven weeks with fun and enriching art projects that sparked their creativity, nurtured their boundless imaginations, and enhanced their confidence and problem-solving skills.

An 11-year-old girl from Pomeroy was among the kids experimenting with different art forms thanks to the program. She returned to the BMAG Art Center at the end of the summer with stacks of her artwork and was featured as the Junior Artist for the Fall Fantasies Art Show held in September.