Open Door Development Day

As we prepare to send out volunteer teams, in addition to placing teams we need to update our curriculum, too. Last Friday Ally and Dani met with any volunteer that wanted to come to discuss new ideas. Big shout-out to Jennifer for helping us! We developed 10 new curriculum strategies.

Dani said, “many [of the strategies] are very intuitive with unique sensory based materials and an aesthetic focus with a secondary concentration on process.” By emphasizing process over product we strive to let children imagine and play while making art. Dani also said that they tried to creatively draw from their own studio experiences. It is important to us to keep our curriculum up to date to keep art exciting for the kids!

A goal we have for this year is to create an example piece for each curriculum strategy made by our volunteers. These would serve as one way the lesson made turn out as, but not the only way. All of our projects turn out always turn our differently because all kids are unique.

A Day in the Life with an ABC Volunteer

Ever wonder how our volunteers fit ABC into their busy college lives? Dani Kepner, co-founder and volunteer, shares what goes on during typical day volunteering and doing her college coursework.

7:30 AM – My alarm rings… and I hit snooze… then by 7:40 I actually roll out of bed and throw on the volunteering gear.

8:30 AM – I have quick breakfast in the apartment — a granola bar.

8:40 AM – Ally texts saying she is running late, but she is normally is right on time! (I’m just always early!)

8:52 AM – Ally’s big red car pulls up to Frey Apartments, and it is time for car ride catch-up time. This is always a really nice time.

9:20 AM – Pull onto the Medical Center Campus.

9:25 AM – Find a parking spot in Timbuktu…

9:30 AM – Waltz into the Children’s Hospital —┬áright on time!

9:30:15 AM – Sign in to the volunteer log and smile at the security guard.

9:31 AM – Punch in the Kitchen Code to our “Office” and get the art cart out of its “parking spot.”

9:32 AM – Create a plan of action: Where do we need to go first? Priorities? Notes? How will we split up? Will we split up? Any groups?

9:33 AM – Knock on the first door/doors. Say, “Hello! My name is ______ and I am here with the Art Cart! Would you be interested in doing an art project with me?”

(Continue until 11:30)

11:40 AM – Ally and I realize we really need to leave because Ally has a class and we actually aren’t allowed to stay here all day (unfortunately).

11:43 AM – Turn in our chart to our supervisors and chat about how things went.

11:45 AM – Finally, make our way downstairs to sign out.

11:50 AM – Hop in the car to go home to Messiah.

12:22 PM – Ally is kind enough to drop me off at my room and makes it just in time to go to class!

12:30 PM – The day continues for Ally and I as normal, but we are A) exhausted from expending most of our energy with those kids, and B) we are forever impacted by the amazingly courageous lives we met that morning.

Farther Along…

When I (Katy) came to college, I found a beautiful song that described all my fears about college, but directed me back to God. The chorus of “Farther Along” goes “Farther along we’ll know all about it / Farther along we’ll understand why / Cheer up my brothers we will live in the sunshine” (Josh Garrels). Garrels directs us to look towards the Father for guidance and reasons for why something happens. Even though we did not win Impact Venture Challenge this past weekend, we are so excited for the next steps that are in store for us. Farther along we will understand the plan in store for ABC, and in the meantime we took some time to reflect together.

This morning we had an impromptu ABC breakfast picnic. Surprisingly, it was cold and we were in cardigans and hoodies! Nonetheless, it is was so good to wind down together with all the girls and reflect on some of our favorite memories from the past year. Some memories included ABC, some how they had grown this year, and also some about solidifying calling and vocation. I am truly thankful for the beautiful community ABC has become, and I am excited to see what is in our future.

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Thank you again to everyone who has supported us during Impact Venture Challenge! If you are interested in supporting us more please contact us at artbeyondtheclassroom@gmail.com . We currently are accepting monetary and art supply donations.