ArtArts Build Communities 2021
East Tennessee Artscapes was the recipient of an Arts Build Communities grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Due to the disruptions to the school year in 2020-21, the group creatively adapted to the circumstances. Working with the Boys and Girls club, Artscapes provided over thirty children with at-home art kits to share with their families. The kits came with a link to a YouTube video that families could follow along just like Bob Ross’s old show!
Children aged 6-10 received kits to make moldable clay soap. The younger kids learned about the different ingredients and how they combined to create a finished product that is both fun and useful. The project combined art and science in a fun and easy way for kids to learn skills and knowledge from each.
Children aged 11-17 received kits that taught them how to paint their own version of Vincent Van Gogh’s famous painting, Starry Night. The kits included everything needed to learn about and paint their own masterpiece with brushes, paint, canvas, and instructions all included in a fun package.
Artscapes has applied for an Arts Build Communities grant again for this year. If awarded, the group plans to organize a book with submissions from community members concerning their experiences during 2020.