Arts Educational Program for Kids

Kansas City Chalk and Walk supports the Chalk and Walk Arts Educational Program. The Chalk and Walk Arts Educational Program is designed to fill the gap left by cuts to arts programs in many schools. This program will bring artists into schools as part of the children’s (K-12) after/during school activities. Local artists will teach street painting workshops, provide education and training in drawing, sketching, painting, art history, and will encourage participants’ creativity

Letters from Beneficiaries

Dear Lotti,
One behalf of myself and the rest of SAFEHOME I would just like to extend my gratitude to you and your wonderful volunteers whom participated in the chalk art activity on August 6. The chalking activity that you came into shelter and did with our five adult women and five children residents was very beneficial for all involved. Many residents commented on what a learning experience it was and how relaxing and therapeutic the chalk art activities were. Both of the volunteers representing KC Chalk and Walk were warm and encouraging to the participants and made everyone here feel that they too were artists. Unfortunately for us at this time we no dot have the means to bring our clients to another location to enjoy these activities. However, we would love to extend an offer to you to return to SAFEHOME for another event in the future.

~ Laura J. Johnson, Child Care Provider, SAFEHOME

Dear Lotti:
I wanted to let you know how much the staff here at Hope House appreciated the Kansas City Chalk and Walk Workshop that you and your assistant provided for our mothers and their children. I was very impressed as I observed each mother and her children completing their own special art project on our sidewalks, parking lot, and some on the tar paper. It was greatly appreciated that you provided a tangible place for them to create their art so that they could keep it. I did observed their work displayed after the workshop and they appeared very proud of their accomplishment as a family unit.

We had 10 mothers and 16 children participate in creating their own art project utilizing assorted types of chalk to draw either their own creations or copying from some of the drawings/pictures which you had brought giving them ideas as mother and child worked together.

Again, I want to thank you for bringing your talent and program to our facility as it proved to be a very meaningful and production activity for our mothers and their children. I do hope that you can again provide your services possibly at the other shelter in Lee’s Summit some time in the near future. Please feel free to call so that we might discuss future workshops.

~ Thada Pulliam, MS, LPC, Children’s Therapist, HOPE HOUSE, INC.

Dear KC Chalk and Walk,
I just wanted to send you a letter of thanks and support for your program. Newhouse Shelter had the opportunity to enjoy the KC Chalk and Walk program this year. Lottie and the artist came to the shelter and worked with about 12 children residing at the shelter. The children ranged in ages from 18 months to 13 years. I observed the children creating, laughing, talking and expressing themselves. They drew many beautiful and colorful pictures on the front steps and sidewalk of the shelter. The staff and mother’s later commented at how gorgeous the colors were and how much fun the children had. What a great idea to bring a little beauty and culture to our women and children! Please continue your incredible program and return to the shelter as many times as possible. This program is an example of how art and culture can have an impact on the lives of everyone. Many of our clients do not get the chance to experience this type of self-expression. Thanks Again!

~ Bridgette D. Mavec, LMSW,LCSW, Vice President, Clinical Services, Newhouse Battered Women’s Shelter

"The arts are a major force in the growth and development of our global business world. Through the arts, people learn creativity and innovation. The partnership between the arts and business improves not only economic development but also the social fabric and enlightenment of society."

~ Raymond Nasher, Chairman, Business Committee for the Arts