Upon hearing about the Hurricane Harvey disaster in Texas, a team of Lincoln organizations invited the community to take action with Art Breaks – a creative relief effort to provide healing and repair through the arts for affected children.
Leading the effort was Hildegard Center for the Arts, together with Alpha Media, the Lincoln Public Schools Art Curriculum Department, Lincoln Arts Council, Eagle Printing and Sign, and the Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. They asked for donated art supplies and placed collection barrels at the Lincoln Arts Council Fall Festival, Hobby Town USA, Michael’s Crafts, Gomez Art Supply, and Urban Legends and Noyes art galleries.
Contributions included crayons, markers, acrylic paints, watercolor sets, sketchpads, assorted beads, modeling clay, feathers and everything in between. Thanks to FedEx Shipping Services, 100 percent of all supplies and monetary donations were delivered free of charge – along with handmade cards and messages created by LPS students.
"It was a real teaching moment for the kids here in Lincoln," said Kim Einspahr, co-founder and president of Hildegard Center for the Arts. "It was a way to teach empathy and to show them that great things can happen when we care together."
The day before Thanksgiving, Region V Schools in Beaumont, Texas, received the special delivery of healing “art breaks” … all the way from Lincoln, Nebraska.
Art Breaks is a new C.A.R.E. initiative at Hildegard Center for the Arts, which pursues the goal of Connecting the Arts to Reach and Enrich to care for others. Learn more at HildegardCenter.org.