ArtsRevive provides art supplies to students during pandemic

Published 6:18 pm Friday, April 3, 2020

To help children in need of educational entertainment while stuck at home during the COVID-19 outbreak, ArtsRevive has put together packages of educational art supplies to be distributed along with lunches to area students.

On Friday morning, ArtsRevive Executive Director Becky Youngblood brought the packages – consisting of an educational coloring book illustrated by local artist Nathaniel Lewis, II and a pack of crayons – to Brantley Elementary School where Brantley Elementary faculty and staff could them to second students while on their meal routs.

“We just saw an opportunity to love on the children in the community,” said Youngblood. “This is an educational coloring book that’ll give the children something to do while they’re stuck at home and the platform to get it to them was already in place with the school lunches being delivered.”

Brantley Elementary Principal Adrienne Lee said this marks the third week that meals have been delivered to students across 6 neighborhoods in Dallas County by a group of volunteers including Dallas County Schools employees, teachers and administrators.

“It makes you realize that people have genuine hearts to take that extra mile to do what it takes to continue life as normal,” said Lee.

Youngblood said the package of art supplies would be a healthy way for children to creatively express themselves and channel their creativity.

ArtsRevive is further promoting creativity among homebound children online by partnering with Gallery 905 by putting out an art prompt each day and on social media and encouraging participants to share by using the hashtag “#Gallery905ArtClass”.

Gallery 905 Director Christina Siddens said participants have completed many different prompts including “a place you’d like to go”, “what do you want to be when you grow up” and “someone you are thankful for.

“It’s a great activity for them do while they’re at home,” said Siddens. “And I’m sure the parents appreciate it also.”