Regional Art Works will distributing art supplies to local schools Thursday.
The event is the culmination of an art supply drive sponsored by Regional Art Works. Many individuals and businesses made this a success, organizers said. Art supply drop boxes for donations were placed throughout Alton and individuals and businesses filled them with safe, non-toxic art supplies.
“I can’t stress enough the importance of access to the arts for children,” Regional Art Works president Eric Stauffer said. “As a child creates art, their brain experiences physical growth. Problem-solving skills, confidence and hand-eye coordination are just a few of the attributes that are enhanced. The children in our community will be the adults in our community. Personally, I would prefer to see the children in our community have the abilities to problem solve and have the opportunities that we had.”
Stauffer started Regional Art Works after hosting the Alton Youth Art Festival at Alton Square Mall. The exhibit featured more than 600 pieces of art created by students in the Mini Art program in the Alton School District.
The program is run by teacher and parent volunteers who volunteer their time and purchase art supplies. Regional Art Works helps by hosting art exhibits, art supply drives and accepting monetary donations for the Mini Art program. Volunteers and art supplies are needed immediately. People interested in volunteering can contact the school where they would like to participate. Art supply donations can be dropped off at Reliance Bank, 2810 Godfrey Road, Godfrey; Lifehouse Community Church, 3825 Seminary St., Alton; Old Bakery Beer Company, 400 Landmarks Blvd., Alton; and AdVantage News, 235A E. Center Drive, Alton. New and gently used art supplies are being accepted during normal business hours. Needed supplies include watercolors, paint brushes, watercolor/paint (heavier weight) paper, scissors (blunt tip and pointed), pencils, colored pencils, markers (broad and fine tip), art gum erasers, tempera paint, acrylic paint, construction paper, paper towels, baby wipes, Q-tips, pipe cleaners and paper lunch bags (for making puppets). Pick-up arrangements can be made by calling Eric Stauffer at (618) 310-4118.
Special thanks for the generous donations include: Starla Laper of Reliance Bank, Pastor Mike Adams of Lifehouse Community Church, Eric McRoy of Advantage News, Ruth Waggoner of East Elementary School, Josh Adams of Old Bakery Beer Company, Tom Allred of Regional Art Works, Ken Church, Marty McKay, Kerry Vincent, April Barnes of 3 Sisters Crafts and the many people who already made donations.