Occasionally ALIVE raises money over time to do a bigger project (which we might be doing more often), and we are happy to present drawchange Foundation of Atlanta, with brand-spankin’ new shelves for their supply storage. If you are a proponent for art programs, they are one you should know. They provide art supplies for programs, just like ALIVE does, and it’s the same organization ALIVE partnered with for the NOLA Project. They desperately needed a way to organize their growing library of art supplies they provide for free to schools and kids in underdeveloped areas. And look at the cool sign they made us! So sweet. Thanks to all who continue to support efforts like this. Know that you are making art happen for kids everywhere, and be sure to check out drawchange’s website!
Hi folks! Want to see the kind of things ALIVE is supporting these days? Look no further than Lake Junaluska Day Camp, where the students experience innovative enrichment like Glow Water campfires, building their own sketchbooks, and finding new uses for recycled materials. We’re also implementing great early childhood tools like the Water Wall for fun and educational water play!
Other upcoming themes and projects include the Music Wall, using recycled materials to make a variety of sounds the students can manipulate, constructing their own instruments, and booking visiting culinary artists during Food Week, for meals from various cultures and palettes!
Please tell your friends about the wonderful things you are supporting by sponsoring ALIVE programs.
I wanted to thank you again for your generous donation of art
supplies for the massage therapy program at AB Tech. Our students are
actively engaged in learning anatomy and I am always looking for
innovative ways to help them in this endeavor. One way that is both an
effective and enjoyable way to learn is through coloring the specific
muscles in an anatomy coloring book. Our department had the books but
no art supplies for our students to use with the books. Thanks to the
high quality colored pencils that you provided, our students are now
able to fully access this learning tool and this will help them be
more successful as they prepare for their national exams and become
licensed therapists in the state. The feedback around this approach
has been extremely positive. The students find being creative while
learning, engages both sides of their brain and helps them to absorb
the material better. Thanks again for all your generosity and hard
work to help make our learning environments more effective, creative
Michael Sitzer, Adjunct Instructor for Massage Therapy at AB Tech College
We have two events this newsletter to share with you. First was the letter from Michael at AB Tech Community College, as ALIVE helped him receive supplies his students needed that were not in his school’s budget. Next you see a montage of students I taught, in a six week sketchbook workshop, using ALIVE supplies. Among the assignments were to draw an illustration looking into your closet, designing your own toys and shoes, developing a code for the English language, and a lot more! The root of the lesson for the workshop was to break down any learned notions that all you can do in a sketchbook is doodle. I wanted to embed a knowledge of the layers of expression sketchbooks are good for; including healing from emotional wounds, reducing stress, recording life’s joys, focusing on subjects, working through ideas, the thrill of work without rules, and perhaps the most imperative, plain and simple documentation of the world.
This week I also want to recognize Suzanne and Tracy from the Michael’s on Swannanoa Road in Asheville, NC. They continue to find ways to help ALIVE with deals on art supplies.
Art Therapist Nicole Speropolous works with populations of children and organizations that provide programs for the homeless. ALIVE is happy to sponsor her with free art supplies to enhance these people’s lives through the arts. The cost of art supplies would typically come entirely from her own pocket, but hopefully she will continually seek ALIVE’s resources. We believe in what she does, and ALIVE exists to support people like her.
In speaking with her, she says her inspiration and model for her work is an organization in Massachusetts called Raw Art Works. We love hearing about how people are changing lives through the healing and empowering act of art.
Thanks to Larry Blunt of WLOS Asheville, for making me Person of the Week and giving me a platform to talk about the passions of ALIVE!
ALIVE recently had its holiday fundraiser at the Hop Ice Cream Cafe in Asheville, NC. We also presented French Broad River Academy with the 2011 Christmas Package. Congrats! They received 20 sketchbooks, gouache, watercolors, sidewalk chalk, colored pencils, organizing cases, and paint brushes, for FREE! We hope it enhances the arts at FBRA. Thanks to everyone who is making the vision of ALIVE a reality!
Hi folks, Boogie here, and have I got stories to tell you.
I just got back from a trip to Eastern Europe where we stopped in Prague, Vienna, and Budapest. About 20 years ago all these places were off limits to us, because they were on the other side of the Berlin Wall.
While staying in Vienna we visited a monastery in a little town called Melk. As we entered a sign said “The Only Way to Go Forward is Through Wisdom.” There were so many books in the library that if you were ever able to read one a day it would take you 300 years to read them all. I was fascinated with the ceiling and the way it was painted. Though it looks to be painted on a dome it is a perfectly flat ceiling.
The Habsburgs were the royal family we learned about there. Marie Theresa was 23 when she took over the rule from her father. You’ll see me in front of the summer palace. They would pack up everything–furniture, dishes, servants, and move here for the summer months.
Thought you might like to see where I rode in the bus, hence the photo of the cuphold I sat in. We saw the Danube, which is Europe’s second largest river. For dinner that night (I was not on the menu by the way) we had venison soup, pork, turkey, cabbage, and potatoes. Everyone had a loaf of bread four times the size of me.
Then the craziest thing happened. A wild boar attacked us, and I got between it and our group to protect everyone. At that point it was either me or him, and it had to be him. After I defeated it the group called me their “little blue hero,” and I made the boar into a rug to make an example out of him.
Thanks for reading about my European travels!
Boogie, the ALIVE mascot
p.s. here’s an updated world map of the places i’ve been