Hundreds of Wilmington children in crisis, transition or need will be receiving new art kits thanks to a collaboration between the Jefferson Awards Foundation and the Delaware College of Art and Design (DCAD) and others.
The kits are designed to encourage kids to use creativity to explore their feelings and find respite from the difficulties they’re experiencing. “Emma’s Art Kits” were created after 7-year-old Emma Stumpf was diagnosed with a brain tumor and turned to art to help her cope, as she endured 30 weeks of chemotherapy, six weeks of radiation treatments and more than a dozen surgeries.
At the invitation of Mayor Michael Purzycki, the Delaware 87ers, Bank of America, Delaware College of Art and Design, and members of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs packed approximately 450 children’s art kits to launch the program in Wilmington.
“We are so proud to celebrate this creativity-based service project,” said DCAD President John Hawkins. “It was wonderful it was to see this gallery transformed into an Emma’s Art Kits factory during our kit-packing day. Students and staff pitched in on their trips to and from the studios, and the students were particularly focused on crafting their notes of encouragement.”