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Women's Resource Center- Camp Peace 

THE ORGANIZATION: 

The WRC's mission is to create a society in which domestic violence no longer exists. They strive to meet the immediate and long-term needs of the diverse community of battered women and their children with programs that promote safety, compassion, connection, advocacy, and prevention. 

THE PROJECT: 

  • You'll be working with kids who are part of WRC's Camp Peace- a summer camp for kids impacted by domestic violence or who are living in the shelter.

  • Art workshops held weekly on consecutive Fridays in June and July

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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

THE ORGANIZATION

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta (CHOA) serves kids of all ages from the Atlanta area and beyond. From colorful, friendly waiting rooms to equipment that fits patients of all sizes, every detail is designed specifically for kids. 

 CHOA is one of the largest pediatric clinical care providers in the U.S. and home to one of the top pediatric surgery programs in Georgia. The goal of their Artist in Residence program is to teach children to express themselves in a positive way through art. The Art program provides normalization to kids an distracts them from their pain or any problems they are experiencing at the time of their hospital visit.

CHOA serves children ranging from newborn to young adults (20 years of age). Most patients they work with are patients with chronic illnesses such as diabetes, Cystic Fibrosis, cancer, and cardiac issues. They also work with transplant patients and kids who have experienced some form of trauma. Their patient demographic is multicultural and largely lower to middle income families with limited resources outside of the hospital.

PROJECTS

They estimate there will be approximately 2-20 children involved in each Paint Love project. The Egleston Campus (at Emory University) has asked for an art program that may include something with video, textiles, sculpting, and/or a collaborative piece. All projects must also fit within one or more of the Paint Love themes: A) Loving/ respecting yourself, B) Loving/ respecting others, C) Seeking and strengthening positive relationships, and D) Investing in your community.

DAY/TIME

CHOA events can take place Mondays- Fridays 10 AM-6 PM (or potentially as late as 7 PM), with the occasional option of Saturday events.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

  • All volunteers must be 18 or older and have a background check on file with Paint Love.

  • You must check with the CHOA staff before taking or posting any photos of the children. Volunteers must not share patient information.

  • Volunteers may not wear denim in the hospital and must wear closed toe shoes.

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Kate's Club

THE ORGANIZATION: 

Kate's Club's mission is to empower children and teens facing life after the death of a parent or sibling.

Set dates coming soon.

Interested? Let us know how you want to be involved:

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Jesse's House

THE ORGANIZATION

The mission of Jesse's House is to provide safe and structured care in a nurturing environment to at-risk girls in order to adequately prepare them for life. The shelter serves high risk girls between the ages of seven and seventeen who are referred from the Department of Family and Children’s Services or Department of Juvenile Justice; strives to reunify the residents with their families whenever possible; and provides a safe house until permanent placement is found.

PROJECTS

They are looking for art programs for the girls in their program (~6‑12 girls each program)  They are open to different art mediums and project ideas. The project must fit within one or more of the Paint Love themes: A) Loving/respecting yourself, B) Loving/respecting others, C) Seeking and strengthening positive relationships, and D) Investing in your community. They were particularly interested in: “Loving/respecting yourself and seeking positive relationships." They noted, they would like the girls to come away with an understanding that loving/respecting self and positive relationships are inextricably bound.

DAY/TIME/LOCATION 

Saturdays in Cumming, GA

 VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS

  • Volunteers must be female, 21 years or older, have a background check on file with Paint Love and complete all volunteer paperwork with Jesse’s House

  • Volunteers may not take or post photos of the girls’ faces, names, or any photos that suggest their identity. The

  • Jesse’s House location is confidential/not published and the identity of the girls must be protected.

Want to help make it happen? Let us know you're interested!

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Georgia Center for Child Advocacy

THE ORGANIZATION 

The Georgia Center for Child Advocacy serves children and their families when there are allegations of child abuse, neglect, or when children are witnesses to violence. They help various agencies such as law enforcement, DFCS, and the DA's office coordinate services for children and families by providing forensic interviews for children, hosting multi-disciplinary team meetings to share information, and providing therapy for children and adolescents ages 3-17 when the abuse or neglect has been substantiated. 

THE PROJECT

  • They would like Paint Love to provide an outlet for the children to express themselves while connecting with other children who have had similar experiences.

  • They are interested in the art mediums of paint and sculpture, as many of the kids they have worked with find these mediums useful in expressing grief or anger

  • There will be approximately 5-10 students per program

  • They are open to different project themes, but suggest centering some projects around coping skills or resilience. The project must also fit within one or more of the Paint Love themes:  A) Loving/respecting yourself, B) Loving/respecting others, C) Seeking and strengthening positive relationships, and D) Investing in your community.

DAY/TIME 

Events can take place in the afternoons or evenings, M-F.

They have 2 locations- one in Atlanta, near the Ormewood Park area, and one in DeKalb. 

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS 

  • Volunteers must be 18  years or older, have a background check on file with Paint Love and complete the Darkness to Light and mandated reporter training which can be taken in person or online.

  • Volunteers must sign the GCCA volunteer code of conduct and protect the confidentiality of the children

  • Volunteers may not take or post photos of the students’ faces, names, or any photos that suggest their identity.

Sound like fun?

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Covenant House Georiga

THE ORGANIZATION

Covenant House Georgia is much more than a shelter. They provide unconditional love and comprehensive support so that their youth can and will realize their fullest potential. In fact, seeing their potential is our greatest motivation. They are optimistic about the power of a stable, loving environment to inspire a fresh start in their lives. It is a privilege to support their youth during some of their most formative years. Covenant House empower them to finish high school, start college, gain employment, live independently, and ultimately step out into the world knowing they are prepared to be successful.

 Covenant House Georgia serves 18‑21 year old homeless and runaway youth. They have a shelter and independent living program where they provide youth with a bed, meals, vocational and educational programs, mental health care, hygiene and clothing items, and more. Their goal is to support and prepare the youth so they are able to live successful and independent lives. The youth they serve have faced hardship and trauma such as physical or mental abuse, human trafficking, losing a loved one, or having nowhere to go and sleeping on the streets. 

PROJECTS

They have a large campus with an art room (there is a kiln, but it hasn'ʹt been used in a long time), opportunities to create murals, a computer lab, and a garden space. Their youth enjoy many art forms including poetry/spoken word, story telling, painting, and jewelry making. 

 They have two specific program requests:

  1. Create an outdoor mural with the youth

  2. Increase the types of mediums that their youth are exposed to such as: ceramics, photography, graphic design, etc.

They estimate there will be approximately 10‑15 youth involved in each Paint Love project, though they have a capacity of 80 youth in the program. They would like the artist to create a project that connects with the theme of self‑empowerment and self‑image. They want the youth to see themselves in a positive light. They want them to realize their worth and everything they provide to our community; they are strong, resilient, smart, hard‑working, and beautiful.

DAY/TIME

Events at Covenant House will take place Tuesday - Thursday, 11:00 am ‑ 12:00 pm, 3:30 ‑ 5:00 pm or 7:30 ‑ 8:30 pm.

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS 

  •  All volunteers must be 21 years old or older and have a background check on file with Paint Love. If the volunteer will be working with Covenant House on a recurring basis, there will be additional volunteer requirements.

  • They ask that photos are not taken of the youth without their permission (they must be informed of what the photo will be used for and where it will be posted).

  • Volunteers should not share their contact (phone number or email) or social media information with the youth and should not receive any youth'ʹs contact or social media information.

Want to make it happen?!

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Crockett Elementary School 

About the Project 

Crockett Elementary would like to paint a small mural of the solar system and the phases of the moon with their fourth grade advanced art students. 

Time + Date 

This project can take place over multiple days, students are available every day between 1:30-2:15. There will be approximately 12-15 students participating. 

About the School 

From the school: Brockett's student population is approximately 446 students. A third of our students are English Language Learners and 80% of our students receive free/reduce lunch. Our community is extremely diverse therefore our student body is diverse, too. We cherish the cultural richness that our students bring.

Brockett serves students in grade Pre-K through 5th grades from around DeKalb County, not just Tucker. We acknowledge that were are a hidden gem and work hard to ensure our students receive a quality educations.

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International Community School Decatur 

ABOUT THE SCHOOL

The International Community School (ICS) is a public charter school in DeKalb County, Georgia serving students in grades K-5. ICS was strategically designed in 2002 to bring together refugee, immigrant and local children in an academically challenging and nurturing environment. Today, the school serves more than 400 students annually representing more than 30 nationalities and speaking 25 languages.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

They have a girls' See Beautiful Club that meets every other Tuesday from 3:30-4:30, would love to do a mural.

The fourth graders recently wrote persuasive arguments about how to make the bathrooms more environmentally friendly, clean and beautiful. They want to go beyond painting, and make  the bathroom meet the issues the students addressed. They want to do a project that benefits the whole school, even if just a few students are participating. The fourth grade team is flexible with timing and availability. 

SOUND LIKE FUN? 

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Dunaire Elementary School

ABOUT THE SCHOOL

They are located in the southern part of our district which can be found near to Memorial Drive in Stone Mountain.

About the Students: The art teacher teaches Kindergarten through 5th grades. They have a very transient community and as a result, the student body can fluctuate between 600-900+ students depending on the trends seen in the nearby rental properties. Some students are economically disadvantaged and reside in the extended stay hotels. Many students have special needs which span behavioral, cognitive and psychological spectrums.

THE PROJECT

They're totally open! These are elementary school kids so any and everything is always an appreciated experience.; 45 students to potentially participate

Potential Themes: Love and peace

Wellspring Living

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION

Wellspring Living helps Domestic Sex Trafficking victims (DMST) develop the courage to move forward and the confidence to succeed.  Wellspring Living For Girls is a residential program serving girls 12-17 who are survivors of DMST. The program offers a continuum of care including therapy, education, and life skills classes, designed to foster holistic change in the life of each survivor. 

 They offer full comprehensive services (therapy, education, life skills, career skill, etc.) for girls and women, to help teach sustainable skills that help transform their lives.

ABOUT PROJECTS 

  • WL is looking for art programs for the girls from their Girls Residential Program (~ 8 girls each program)

  • Some project ideas they suggested are projects that have the girls create a story line where they were the main character (i.e. comics, comic books, or flip books) but with paint, color, etc. AND/OR having the girls make masks representing different ways they feel or ways in which they display things on the outside

  • They would love to work with the following mediums: “Paint, pastels, chalk, colored pencils, learning how to work with clay/ceramics"

  • They would like a project for their girls around the themes of “Self-°©‐‑reflection, Identity, Self love vs Self‑hate.” They also encourage volunteers to ask the girls what they are interested in and what topics would be engaging/fun for them. The project must also fit within one or more of the Paint Love themes: A) Loving/respecting yourself, B) Loving/respecting others, C) Seeking and strengthening positive relationships, and D) Investing in your community.

DAY/TIME/ LOCATION 

Wellspring Living events typically take place on Friday afternoons, but the schedule can be flexible. They are particularly flexible during school holidays. The girls can come to the PL studio or you can go to their campus in South Fulton. 

VOLUNTEER REQUIREMENTS 

  • Volunteers must be female, 21 years or older, have a background check on file with Paint Love

  • If volunteers want to visit the Wellspring campus, they must also complete a volunteer training that can be done online (1.5 hours) or in person.

  • To visit campus, volunteers must also submit a volunteer application with Wellspring Living at wellspringliving.org/volunteer. (Through that site they must have: 1. Foundational Volunteer Training (1.5 hours) & orientation. 2. State, National, and social security background check. 3. Child Protective Services Investigation Screening. 4. Mandated Reporter Training)

  • Note: Paint Love’s background check can be sent over to WL

  • Volunteers may not take or post photos of the girls in the program

WANT TO BE A PART OF IT? 

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Mableton Elementary School

About the Org

Mableton is a Title I Elementary School that has a STEAM focused curriculum

About the Students: Mableton has 1,052 students in grade levels K-5. We are a Title I elementary school with approximately 85% of students receiving free or reduced lunch. Our goal is to provide our students with exposure to as many opportunities that they would not otherwise receive outside of our school. Having a STEAM focused curriculum is affording us this chance to engage them with creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking that will, in turn, help them become 21st century learners of the future.

About the project

They'd love to make some upcycled garden art or painting; one grade level, ~200 students to potentially participate

Dates/Times

Month of May- 8:00-11:00 a.m. 11:00-1:00 p.m.

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John Lewis Elementary School

About the Org

John Lewis is a brand new Title 1 school in DeKalb County. Since they just opened up this year, they have not built up a good supply of art supplies.

About the Students: 375 students, grades PK-5, almost all students receive free/reduced lunch, 98% Hispanic population who are ESOL.

About the Project

We would like to do a garden painting where every student adds a flower to the garden.  The students love art class because they can express themselves in a way that does not involve speaking or writing in English as a second language. Art is the universal language at John Lewies Elementary. Approx 75-100 students involved.

Dates/Times

April-May 

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S. L. Lewis Elementary School

About the School

SL Lewis' mission statement is: We are committed to excellence as we work together for the success of all the students within a safe environment. We are committed to preparing students to become contributing members of a technologically changing and diverse society by teaching from a range of perspectives.

About the Students: The art teacher serves approximately 600 students per week, seeing several classes per day.  Including some students with special needs, including various needs ranging from physical to behavioral, and a small population of hard of hearing. Teachers serving this population face challenges daily, including parental involvement. We also face challenges inside of the classroom because our students range from performing below level all the way up to performing at the gifted level.

About the Project

They would love to do something with a theme similar to “Love yourself and others, treat yourself and others with respect." Perhaps a mixed-media self-portrait could teach the same values, inspiring respect. Approximately 100 students would be involved in the project. 

Dates/Times

Flexible! 

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TUCKER HIGH SCHOOL

About the School

Tucker High School is a diverse community. They have roughly 150 students, ages 14-18. There are a few homeless children and a very large amount of ESOL children (refugees, from many different countries). The art teacher teaches Visual Arts, Drawing, and Jewelry Design (metal working!).

About the Project

They would love to take the Jewelry-making class to see the glassblowing demos, or to see a metal pour. For the Drawing and Visual Arts classes, anything really! Sculpture, Cultural, Graphic Design...

Dates/Times

Wednesdays and Thursdays 

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Cedar Grove Middle School

ABOUT THE SCHOOL

Cedar Grove Middle School is in DeKalb County, Region 5 and services the Flat Shoals/Panthersville Rd. area. It was built as DeKalb's first true middle school and is working hard to overcome the challenges that are presented due to location and student population. They are also successfully closing the achievement gap between the lowest student performers and highest by raising the lower scorers. 

About the Students: Cedar Grove serves students grades 6-8 and has approximately 850 students. Many students have been held back so are older, and are reading below grade level. 97% are on free or reduced lunch, and demographically speaking the school is 98% African American and about 2% Hispanic. They do have a substantial amount of students who have been identified as having learning and behavioral disabilities varying in severity and type, and students who are classified as special education learners. 

THE PROJECT

 From the art teacher: Several years ago I taught a lesson on the theoretical idea of quilt squares being used on the Underground Railroad to communicate and also covered the topic of "found art" and using recycled materials as media. I combined the two and the students used food trash we had saved (cereal boxes, chip bags, etc) to make their own quilt squares. I would like to take that idea and focus in on the quilt square pattern Jacob's Ladder (or Underground Railroad) and it's history (noting that by now most historians say it was not used during the Civil War as a means of communication) but "In the end we must see the name Underground Railroad for this quilt block as one that remembers and honors the brave people who escaped slavery by traveling north and those who helped them.

Ideally I would like to do this with each grade level but I understand if it is only feasible to do one and that would be about 280 kids

2nd idea of what they would like: recycled materials. I would like to do something with painting, or painting with paper, but strictly painting is not my strongest area and I would like these students to have something for their portfolio

Potential Themes: I would like to make the connection between the fact that the Underground Railroad was a group effort from people of all backgrounds working together to help those in need. Just as at Cedar Grove we are all in this together striving to help our students succeed by passing their classes and standardized tests. I want these kids to feel good about what they have accomplished over the year and feel secure in their "art self"

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Wilderness Works

THE ORGANIZATION:

Wilderness Works provides at-risk children a place to find caring adults and fun activities that teach and reach. Their mission is to empower and enrich disadvantaged and at-risk children living in urban Atlanta with year-round experiential education, recreation and outdoor adventure. Wilderness Works is a youth development agency serving homeless and disadvantaged children living primarily in Dekalb and Fulton counties.

THE PROJECT:

During school months, Wilderness Works provides chaperoned overnight stays in comfortable, child-friendly, girls and boys dormitory buildings. Fridays are full of activities (one of which we will host as part of this project), while Saturdays are spent doing some kind of outdoorsy excursion. There will be 30-50 kids, ages 8-11 or in 3rd-5th grade.

Projects typically last from 7:30- 9 PM on Fridays. 

 

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Indian Creek Elementary

ABOUT THE SCHOOL

 "My students are very diverse and they are the sweetest kids in the world."  - Zully Conde, Indian Creek Elementary

About the Students: We serve over 1200 kids. In my school over 30 languages are spoken and represented. I have the incredible pleasure of serving all of them. While language and cultural differences can be challenging, we strive to always grow as a school.

THE PROJECT

Painting or ceramic. These are mediums the art teacher is least comfortable with teaching and finds it hard to be truly creative or innovative with them in her teaching.

Potential Themes: home/community

DAY/TIME

Flexible!

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Rock Chapel Elementary

About the Org: Title 1 elementary school in the Lithonia area.

About the Students: About 600 students total population, grades Pre-K through 5, life circumstances vary - high foster population and yes, we service special needs students as well.

What they would like: We are open and flexible. project for approximately 45 students.

Potential Themes: Teamwork

Dates/Times: Fall or Spring

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Woodward Elementary School

About the Org: Woodward is an elementary school in Dekalb County. We are a Title 1 school; enrollment is 1,000 students. Approximately 95% are on the free lunch program. Our students are predominantly Hispanic.

About the Students: 1,000 students, pre-K through 5th grade. Title 1 school and many ELL students.

What they would like: Collage workshop for up to 200 students; There is a new exhibit at the High Museum showcasing the artist and author Ashley Bryan. It is another exhibition featuring children's book authors. Previous shows have highlighted Eric Carle and Mo Williams. The show will feature his mixed media collages and puppets. It would be great for the students to see the exhibit and then have collage artists and/or puppeteers lead a workshop.

Potential Themes: Building a sense of community

Dates/Times: Fall semester. The Bryan show runs through Jan. 21.