The Season for Giving and Creating

Creativity isn’t on a schedule and certainly doesn’t take a vacation. The Arts Empowerment Project and its partners want to make sure students are prepared when inspiration calls – even if that’s over the holiday break. Volunteers and students with The Arts Empowerment Project’s Youth Advisory Council will be assembling and distributing “heART packs” to fuel that creative spirit over the upcoming Christmas break.

The Youth Advisory Council will collect materials for the “heART packs” and distribute to kids at the Charlotte YWCA. Kids in the program range from ages 5-13. Wilson says their goal of 50 packs of art supplies will hopefully be enough materials to last them a while. The students in the Youth Advisory Council will meet at the YWCA to distribute the bags AND to do an art project with the students in the YWCA “Free Art Friday” program on December 16th

“The students who comprise the Youth Advisory Council are not only young, aspiring artists, but are also dedicated to providing service to those in need,” says Dwayne Wilson, a mentor and volunteer with the Youth Advisory Council.

Collecting the materials, distributing the packs, and spending an afternoon at the YWCA creating art, is a “trifecta” they’re definitely looking forward to.

“This opportunity not only allows them to showcase their artistic talent to kids, but it is also a chance for a diverse range of young people to collaborate and create new friendships with children who flourish from inspiration, positive reinforcement, and creative expression,” adds Wilson.

And it’s not too late to contribute toward the goal of creating and distributing the 50 “heART packs.” Items are being collected Tuesday, November 29 through Friday, December 9, 2016, at Charlotte Catholic High School. The date for assembling the Art Packs will be Sunday, December 11th from 2pm-3pm. The date for distributing the Art Packs to the YWCA will be Friday, December 16th from 4pm-5:15pm. Contact Dwayne Wilson at or make a direct donation to The Arts Empowerment Project.

Donated arts supplies can include, but are not limited to:

  • Packs of washable markers (thick and thin tip)
  • Sketch books
  • Coloring books
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Small white glue bottles
  • Crayon packs
  • Colored pencils
  • Drawing pencils
  • Regular Pencils (for sketching)
  • Stickers
  • Paintbrushes
  • Watercolor sets
  • Washable kids painter paper
  • Construction Paper
  • Tissue paper
  • Model Magic/ “Play Dough” (small individual packages)


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