I was touched by the story of Dan and Janean Toone, who started Young at Art in response to the care that their young grandson received while spending most of his first year of life in the hospital.
As art lovers themselves, Dan and Janean decided to combine their appreciation for the hospital staff with a way to show some love and encouragement to the other young patients they had met there. And Young at Art was born!
Young at Art is basically a canvas art bag filled with crayons, markers, colored pencils, and a sketch pad, along with stories of famous artists and a prompt to inspire children to create their own art. Similar to the ‘Buy One Give One’ model of Tom’s Shoes, for every art bag they sell, they donate one to a child in need. Young at Art has been distributing their bags in hospitals and shelters, and no doubt they have brightened many children’s days in the process.
Art has the power to heal, inspire, and encourage…. so good things can happen when people provide art opportunities to kids in need.
If this story inspires you, consider buying a bag for a young artist in your life and in return you’ll be blessing a child in need! Bags can be purchased on the Young at Art website, and in their Etsy store. You can also follow Young at Art on Facebook, and on the Young at Art Blog.
This is just one example of the many ways you can ‘give back’ with art. Art fundraiser projects like this one are another great way you can give to the cause of your choice.
How can you combine your own unique interests, abilities, and experiences to ‘give back’ with art?