Memory Collages at Kate's Club

As Paint Love has grown over the last few years, we have been able to partner with so many amazing organizations. But it all began with our partnership with Kate’s Club.

 Our intern, Bianca & Community engagement coordinator, Lauren got to meet founder of Kate's Club, Kate Atwood at Creative Mornings in May!

Our intern, Bianca & Community engagement coordinator, Lauren got to meet founder of Kate's Club, Kate Atwood at Creative Mornings in May!

They were our very first partner way back in 2014, and we have loved being a part of the journey with them! Kate’s Club creates a haven for kids experiencing grief through the loss of a loved one. The open conversations these kids are able to have are always incredible for us. We love that we can bring art for these children as a means to express their feelings during times of grief and healing.

We were able to join Kate’s Club twice during the month of June with artist Kim Warner. Kate’s Club has a monthly theme that we usually try to cater our projects to. This month revolved around memories; those we remember well or those we never got to make. Kim has had her own personal journey with grief in the loss of her dad as well as her grandmother. We decided a good way to portray these memories was through a collage project.

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So we gathered our magazines, calendars, and scrapbook material galore to create some memory posters.

We had some students pick specific events they remember with their loved one, or some who just wanted to create a poster of their loved one’s favorite things. We also had a few decide to draw a special moment they wish their loved one could've been there for, such as high school graduation.

 

June was an incredible month working through these memories with Kate’s Club teen group. It’s always so special walking into their welcoming blue and yellow doors and seeing the vulnerability and strength of these kids. But it’s just as incredible to see the ways that Kate’s Club encourages healing and community. We are so grateful for the last three years with Kate’s Club and look forward to many more!

Organizations like Paint Love allow us to bring top notch activities to our members at no charge. Every artist that comes to Kate’s Club really puts time and effort into the activity to make it meaningful and follow our theme of the month.
— Lane Pease, Program Director