Community Service Kick-off at Convocation for Fresh Artists

The student club We Are Penn State M.A.D.E. (Making A Difference Everyday), Office of Student Affairs, and the Laboratory for Civic Engagement came together to organize the second annual volunteer activity for our incoming first-year students.  On Convocation Day, August 23, all new students (and returning students, faculty, and staff) were asked to bring to campus school art supplies to be donated to Fresh Artists, a nonprofit organization dedicated to saving artmaking for all children and creating real opportunities for children to be philanthropic.

The Community Service Kick-off was developed to allow our newest students to participate in a service activity their first day on campus, before classes even begin.  We want students to know that Penn State Brandywine is committed to its land-grant mission of serving the people of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and around the globe.  Our goal is to show Fresh Artists that we have Penn State Pride in our volunteering activities now and throughout the year!

View the second page of this flyer to see the list of suggested art supplies to donate!  Items will be collected all summer and through most of the fall semester in the Tomezsko Building Lounge.

To learn more about Fresh Artists, please view this video where the President and Founder Barbara Chandler Allen discusses a novel solution to keep a vibrant artmaking program in severely needy public schools by partnering with hundreds of K-12 inner city kids to create a sustainable funding stream for art supplies and innovative art programs. Barbara's talk was presented at TEDxPhiladelphiaED June 25, 2011.

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