As part of The Exchange’s mission to bring the arts to all communities throughout our region, The Exchange’s Art Cart and its artist-facilitators have visited more than fifty venues since 2015, bringing activities in many media – painting and drawing, cut-out paper, and sculpture, often using recycled materials and tailored to the age(s) of the people in each group. Supporting these visits within its 23-municipality service area, the Berwick Health and Wellness Fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation has announced a $5,000 investment in the Art Cart through its Spring 2019 competitive grants round.
With this support from the Fund and other grantors and donors, The Exchange provides the Art Cart for free at every venue, from childcare centers and day camps to senior centers, nursing homes, public libraries, farmers markets, and street fairs. The Bloomsburg Area Community Foundation and the Bemis Foundation provided start-up capital in 2015, and the Charles B. Degenstein Foundation, the Danville Area Community Foundation, PPL Corporation, and the United Way of Columbia and Montour Counties have also made grants to the program. The Exchange thanks all of these organizations for their generosity and vision.
“We believe that every person has beauty within,” says Exchange executive director Oren B. Helbok. “Through the simple activities that we do with the Art Cart, many of them involving recycled materials, we help bring that beauty out.” In addition to going home with the participants, work made at Art Cart visits has appeared in exhibitions at the Exchange Gallery on Main Street in Bloomsburg. This summer, the Art Cart will roll to dozens of venues, among them Elmcroft Senior Living and Orangeville Manor; the N4Cs, Columbia Child Development Center, Bloomsburg YMCA, Bloomsburg Kiwanis, and Danville Area Community Center day camps; Millville’s Camp Can Do; the Danville and Elysburg farmers markets; The Children’s Museum; and Camp Victory. If you would like the Art Cart to come to your venue, please get in touch with The Exchange.
The Berwick Health and Wellness Fund is the original and largest fund of the Central Susquehanna Community Foundation. Its purpose is to improve the health and welfare of residents and communities of eastern Columbia and western Luzerne counties. For more information on the BHWF, visit www.csgiving.org.
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