Breanna’s Gift is the honored recipient of a $5,000 Community Arts Grant which will support in part our January thru August, 2019 arts programs. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund. Thank you to all who help make this funding possible.
Give to the Max Day 2018 was an amazing and rewarding experience. People from all over came together to support so many valued organizations and Breanna’s Gift was no exception. During this day of giving you helped raise over $29,000 in support of our arts programs for children with cancer and other serious illnesses. We are humbled by your generosity and we thank you for being such a big part of Breanna’s Gift.
This year’s drama camp led by Anne McNaughton presented a new, never seen before performance of Mary Poppins. Among our 9 cast members, were 5 children who had participated in more than one drama camp from years past. How great to have them back for the show and with so much drama camp experience under their belts, they were the pros helping the other cast members with everything from costumes and scenery, to learning lines and dances. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious may have been hard to say, but when it came to learning the dance, they did that with ease. We had rave reviews and were gratified to hear that our audience thinks each year is better than the last. We couldn’t agree more. At all of our camps, everyone is a shining star and this year was no exception.
Breanna’s Gift sponsored a fused-glass workshop led by FOCI, the Minnesota Center for Glass Art. The kids made sun catchers and their creativity came through immediately. Working with small pieces of glass can be tricky, so everyone had to wear thick gloves. This challenge didn’t hold anyone back and it’s always great to see the kids dig right in.
They selected different shapes and colors to create their own designs. Some of the kids took a different approach and stacked several layers of glass on top of each other to create a multicolored look. Each piece of glass received a little glue to hold the pieces in place so they could be transported back to FOCI for firing. A little patience was needed before their final work was revealed. And patience led to smiles, satisfaction and fun sun catchers.
Breanna’s Gift Board of Directors and Program Coordinator, Kim Gordon attended a Sandcasting Workshop at FOCI, center for glass arts. This was a combination of fun, creativity and new HOT experiences. Everyone is always good at playing nice in the sand box, so the small boxes of sand were no challenge for our group. Each class member made 2 castings with only one requirement. One of the two pieces must be donated to the Breanna’s Star event on April 28. That is the most difficult part of the experience. Which one will be donated and which one will they keep. However, if it’s too hard to decide, bidding on your own piece at the event is always an option!
Parsons Electric Volunteers led by Carol Walberg prepared 770 Art Takeout Projects. They are helping us be proactive in getting ready to ship these projects to Children’s Hospitals across the country. Hospitals receiving Art Takeout over the next several months are Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital of Richmond at VCU, Mayo Eugenio Litto Children’s Hospital in Rochester, MN, Orlando Hospital for Children, Medical City Children’s Hospital in Dallas, TX and American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, WI. Thank you Parsons for taking time from your busy schedules and for being a part of Breanna’s Gift.