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young scouts showing off their primitive weapons they produced in the ArtPark (of their own volition)

Young scouts showing off their primitive weapons they produced in the ArtPark (of their own volition)

Giraffe overlooking Amazon Bird exhibit

Giraffe overlooking Amazon Bird exhibit

Brooke and Shiloh

Brooke and Shiloh pushing a cart full of artmaking supplies through the Aviary

Start here: Let your curiosity be your guide

Start here: Let your curiosity be your guide

Painted Stumps, Nest Making Stations and a new ditch, dam and mud pit.

Painted Stumps, Nest Making Stations and a new ditch, dam and mud pit.

Over the weekend, Brooke and Shiloh accompanied me to the ArtPark to add some new features and make some improvements for the school year visitors. Some new signs were hung, as well as a number of giant painted animals; designed and created by the students of Dilworth Elementary. The Aviary’s own volunteer crew had dug a canal and small pit for the mud required to build flamingo nests. We painted stumps (as per the design recommendations of Youth City Artways students who helped envision the space last May. While we were there, a cadre of Cub Scouts helped us do some painting before becoming preoccupied with creating their own primitive weapons. All the while, Shiloh placed herself in the middle of the action and ended up covered in paint, including a huge chunk of orange in her hair. (As we drove off, I asked her if she had fun. “Yeah”, she said, “Shiloh need soap.”

  Fort-making is encouraged in the ArtPark

Fort-making is encouraged in the ArtPark

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Grilled Cheese: feelgoodworld.org

Grilled Cheese sounds yummy.

Brooke and Chris apply the finishing touches

Brooke and Chris apply the finishing touches
Brooke and Louis preparing to enhance the Radioactive Duk

Brooke and Louis preparing to enhance the Radioactive Duk

Louis applying a bit of paint to the Grilled Cheese bubble.

Louis applying a bit of paint to the Grilled Cheese bubble.

Last weekend, my good buddies Brooke and Louis  helped to paint a new component of the Radioactive Duk mural. Our friends at Feel Good World have developed an innovative tool for enlisting the resources of young people across the country in an effort to combat global hunger: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Far more than a simple fundraising tool, their vision seeks to train young changemakers while pushing to overhaul the outdated and inefficient model for humanitarian efforts to fight world hunger.

Their site explains it better than I can, so go check it out:

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feelgoodworld

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DSC03644This labor day weekend, the ArtPark received some improvements to better facilitate imaginative and educational opportunities for children visiting Tracy Aviary. Katherine Brown (GWI Intern) created some signs for new exhibits about creating flamingo ad finch nests and eggs. We also brought a number of children to the park this weekend who participated in creating new features in the park. Zoey Brown, Ruby Brown and Shiloh Peterson helped paint birds and flowers on benches and tables and also helped me create a bamboo hut structure. A number of new directional signs were also added. Check out this flickr link below for many more detailed photos.

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ARtPark-Labor Day Weekend

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