Emma’s Art Kits for Wilmington Kids in Distress

DCAD students and the Mayor’s office helped pack art kits for 450 Wilmington children in crisis

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.


Emma Stumpf started “Emma’s Art Kits” to help other kids cope with cancer

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.

Emma kicked off her art supplies project with the help of the Jefferson Awards’ LEAD 360 Big Ideas program.

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.

Jefferson Awards’ Michele Fidance thanked all those who helped make Emma’s Art Kits a reality 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.”

Along with supplies, each Emma’s Art Kit includes a personal note of positivity and encouragement from the person who packed the kit. The kits were presented this week to the Wilmington Police Department, the YWCA Home Life Management Center and Exceptional Care for Children for distribution.
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