It turns out a rainy day was no hindrance for a fun morning at West Laurel Hill’s annual Easter Egg Hunt! Dozens of children along with their families showed up to join the hunt last Sunday and to get their creative juices flowing! Main Line Art Center’s Arts Alive Mobile and its Street Squad Artists were equipped with oodles of art supplies to help each child make his or her very own pinwheel and let us tell you the crowd went wild. Not only were the children thrilled to be able to create their own pinwheel but more than one parent’s face lit up once the assembly of the project was complete. By the time the Easter Egg Hunt started at 10:30 and the Street Squad Artists had completed their session, the scattered crayons, pencils, and streamers were a testament to the fun that been had! Here are a few pictures we took of the fun day…and you can view more on West Laurel Hill’s website here.
The Art Center was thrilled to bring the Arts Alive Mobile to the 5th Annual Walk4Hearing and Clarke School Homecoming on Sat., Sept. 25, sponsored by the Hearing Loss Association/Pennsylvania Chapter. Since its formation in 2006, Walk4Hearing has raised over $2 million dollars for programs and services for people with hearing loss, and has grown into the largest awareness and fundraising event for the Hearing Loss Association of America. A portion of the proceeds from the 5k also went to support the Philadelphia campus of the Clarke School for Hearing and Speech, which provides children who are deaf and hard of hearing with the listening, learning and spoken language skills they need to succeed. Over 850 people came to this important event, and we felt honored to be a part of it.
Liz Zelazo, Development Officer for the Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech, had this to say about our involvement: “It was wonderful to have the Arts Alive Mobile at the Walk4Hearing event and Clarke’s Homecoming! Your presence really added something special.”
The feeling is mutual!
On Sunday, Sept. 18, the Arts Alive Mobile was a part of Clover Market’s opening day for the fall season, and what an opening it was! Clover expanded this year, and so did the numbers of families who came out to enjoy browsing through the outdoor market. Everyone seemed happy to see us there: Parents had an extra minute to check out the goods, and the kids were eager to take a break from the shopping to make Mexican foil art or make a leaf to go on the collaborative art project (more about this coming soon in a future post). Here are some pictures from our appearance at Clover Market.
What better way to celebrate a 75th anniversary than with 600 of your closest friends?! Yes, Main Line Art Center truly got our anniversary year started off the right way with the Family Arts festival on Saturday, Sept. 10th. This free event featured art projects from around the world, music, performances, and refreshments (the cupcakes were a personal favorite!). From card making to mosaics, there were 11 different, interactive art projects for children throughout the Art Center’s studios – from the ceramics studio in the basement all the way to the 3rd floor! Parents, grandparents, and kids all enjoyed the variety and left with their goody bags bursting with completed art projects.
Along with the three packed floors of arts and crafts, families delighted in the fast-paced comic antics of John Cassidy, magician and balloon sculptor. From kid-sized motorcycles (which we found out the hard way cannot be sat on!) to wearable butterfly wings, to 5-foot giraffes, it’s no wonder that the lines wrapped around the gallery for John’s creations.
Kid rock band the Cat’s Pajamas performed two high-spirited musical sets, infusing their performance with puppets and props. As usual, their high energy performances kept the crowd on its feet!
Children’s radio host Kathy O’Connell of WXPN’s Kids Corner, greeted festival guests, signed autographs, and announced the band.
But the party did not stop there. At 1:30 pm, the crowd gathered just off the Art Center’s front patio for a special announcement and unveiling of the Arts Alive Mobile. First Executive Director Judy Herman welcomed everyone to the Art Center and thanked PNC Arts Alive for their sponsoring the Family Arts Festival and the year-long mobile art project. Next, State Senator Daylin Leach and Rep. Gregory Vitali presented the Art Center with a 75th anniversary citation. Finally…the moment that everyone was waiting for. Members of Main Line Art Center’s Board of Directors slowly pulled the blue tarp off of the Art Center’s SUV, revealing the paint-splattered, eye-catching design of the Arts Alive Mobile. There will be no missing this vehicle as it comes rolling into your neighborhood!
Finally, we would like to thank everyone who had a part in making this event a success including Patty Papatheodore, event coordinator extraordinaire, Teaching Artists and volunteers, John Cassidy and the Cat’s Pajamas, State Senator Daylin Leach, Rep. Gregory Vitali, Kathy O’Connell from Kid’s Corner, photographer Tom Ammon, our facepainters, and of course the PNC Foundation.
Keep your eyes on this blog for announcements about where the Arts Alive Mobile is headed next! And, if you see it out on the road, take a picture, email it to email@example.com for our use on this blog and you could win a prize!