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Recognition From Obama

So how cool is that. A bunch of young artists in a poor neighborhood do an environmental art project – they send a letter and a picture of their artwork to the President of the United States (read my earlier blogs) – and the leader of the Free World writes them back!  OK, so maybe [...]

For kids, art is not simply for arts sake.

Great article in today’s St. Petersburg Times by columnist Ernest Hooper. Click Here to read it. Ernest really captures the spirit of the wonderful young people I’ve been working with at Community Stepping Stones.  Thank God we have uncommonly talented writers like Ernest to tell our story. By the way, Here’s the letter the kids [...]

Kids Send Art to Obama

Community Stepping Stones Kids Tell President Obama How They Feel About Gulf Disaster in Letters & Art Monday, July 12, 2010, Tampa Florida – The youth of Community Stepping Stones in Sulphur Springs have created an 8 foot x 8 foot piece of poignant public art illustrating their concerns about the Gulf Oil Spill.  At [...]

Kid’s Art Depicts Oil Spill

Out of the mouths of babes.  Kid’s are really depressed about the oil spill. Kathy Steele, in today’s Tampa Tribune/Carrollwood TBO.com, shared her observations. Click on the attached PDFs and read how creatively the kids from Community Stepping Stones (Sulphur Springs) are expressing themselves. Art Depicts Oil Spill A Art Depicts Oil Spill B

Kids vs. Oil Spill

The last few weeks I’ve been volunteering as a guest artist at COMMUNITY STEPPING STONES, an organization that provides arts-oriented after-school programs to encourage kids to stick with their education. The neighborhoods they serve have lots of challenges, but the kids are the best. They say no one learns like the teacher – and I’ve [...]

Balance Mandala

As any orthopedist will tell you, our feet were not designed to walk on artificial stuff like asphalt and concrete.  They like the real thing. When we get away from the concrete, we find living things under our feet – some as big as beetles and earthworms, other incredibly small, like microbacteria – a mass [...]