The Center is starting a new and exciting project for children soon called “Craft Cottage”. The goal of this project is to encourage children to love the arts! The bonus is at the same time they will work on math and analyzing skills, problem-solving, and more in a fun way that also helps build self-esteem. Crafts projects will be placed in the craft cabinet on the front porch, generously handcrafted and donated by Don Tevault.

Children can stop by at any time to choose from a selection of crafts to take from the cabinet and then make at home. Several members including Sheri Burns and Betty Klindt have made the initial craft kits. As soon as we get a supply of kits ready we will start promoting this project. The materials to make the craft project are secured into a kit including instructions. The appropriate age level will vary depending on the craft. While supplies last, scissors and glue will be available and free at the front desk if a child needs either to complete a project they have chosen.

Donations will be accepted to help fund this project but more importantly be inspired to create some projects of your own. Betty Klindt has volunteered to take the materials and secure them into a kit or you can bring your craft kits ready to go. There also may be some materials in our “craft closet” you can use for your project. If you need to take a look in the closet to see if any of the materials inspire you, please do.

We hope this project will grow over time so in the future, we can have kit assembly days at the Center and even deliver kits to East Tennessee Children’s Hospital for children currently in the hospital or ones having one-day treatments. If you are interested in receiving additional information about this project, email appalachianartscenter@gmail.com.

Kroger’s Community Rewards program has updated the reward system. You can use the name, Appalachian Arts Craft Center or the number RD983 to register. Registering is very simple. It does not cost you anything and you still get the same benefits from your card. This is an additional reward. You can sign up at the Kroger website.

We receive about two hundred dollars each year and currently only have twelve people registered. Please consider registering your card and asking your friends to register their cards. It only takes a few minutes and after you register you do not need to do anything additional but use your card as you normally do.

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