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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 [...]

Teach The Children

Community Stepping Stones is a phenomenal after school program for youth in Sulphur Springs, an economically-challenged neighborhood in Tampa.  In exchange for a commitment to work hard and stay in school, the young people attend daily art classes. I was honored to be a guest art instructor last week… and you know what they say, [...]

The Upside of the Gulf Oil Spill

Living on Tampa Bay, I’m as sick and appalled about the oil spill in the Gulf as anyone.  It’s as if a great darkness is slowly moving towards our pristine estuaries, engulfing everything in its path. The images of what is happening in Louisiana and Mississippi are overwhelming.  What hath man wrought? http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2010/05/oil_reaches_louisiana_shores.html