Friday, April 22, 2011

Porch Art



Hi readers! I've been feeling stuck in a bit of a rut lately just posting about me, me, and my projects. As you might have noticed from Wednesday's post about Specks and Keepings, I'm going to try to branch out and talk about other projects I admire.

(At one point I did do quite a bit of posting of event announcements, but that started to make me feel pressured because of the time constraints on those kinds of posts, and I never knew how to handle turning down a request for an event announcement post.)

Today I'd like to focus on my Remington neighbor Beth Barbush, and the free Porch Art program she runs!

Porch Art brings a lot of life and fun to Remington, and the Hauntingdon block party they put on for Halloween is seriously one of the best block parties I have ever been to. She's always looking for volunteers and donations of art supplies, so if you want to get involved, please read Beth's words below!

So here is a sweet video of this past year's Hauntingdon celebration (p.s. the chickens toward the end of the video aren't ours, someone else in the neighborhood has them too!)

Beth says:

Porch Art is a volunteer run community program for kids and their parents in the Remington neighborhood to socialize and engage in creative art, craft, interactive projects. It is held at 2942 Huntingdon Ave on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8pm.

Porch Art this year will start on April 26th and will run through October 31st. It is a free activity and is great to just drop in and engage in a creative project or stay for the whole session and meet some new neighbors.

In the past three years we have had a variety of participants come from age 2 up to their 80's so we plan activities that are flexible and open enough for anyone to join in.

Porch Art is also an important ingredient in Remington's annual Halloween block celebration "Hauntingdon Avenue". Porch Art participants, youth and adults, create the spooky decorations and plan out activities and fun that will happen at the community block party.

This year we hope to include more interactive activites outside of crafts but need your help! Do you hoola hoop, play games, perform or teach music, garden, do science projects, sew, or cook? If so why not share your skills with the neighborhood? The most important thing that moves this neighborhood program forward is community involvement!

We need to make sure that there are enough people in the community that care about this to keep it running. That means volunteer time. Last year went so well because I had unbelievable people who came out on Tuesdays to help prepare for projects, hang out with the kids, help make stuff and help clean up. That help is key! We would love your help this year.

We also rely on donations of supplies and money to keep this program afloat so if you would like to make a donation of any kind or want to offer up your time and ideas please contact Beth Barbush at ebarbush@gmail.com.

1 comment:

Laura said...

This sounds like a great program! Art is such a great way to bring people together, adults and kids alike, and I love that Porch Art is going on in Remington! Thanks for sharing this program and letting us all know about the Hauntingdon Block Party - I'll have to go this Halloween!

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