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Local Children Express Themselves Through Unique, Collaborative Public Art Project

The project is supported by Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County in partnership with a local artist and local art organizations

Lake Worth, FL – More than 30 children in the Lake Worth Beach community learned new and creative ways to express themselves this summer through a unique community public art project. To launch the project, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County engaged Jose R. Mendez, a teaching artist at the Norton Museum of Art and creative director of R. Dot Arts & Creative Agency.

Mendez, a Lake Worth Beach native, planned the project so the children would learn valuable lessons about the art world through hands-on art classes held over two consecutive weekends in July. The children explored acrylic paints, spray paint, clay and watercolor with the guidance of teaching artists from the Norton Museum, Boca Museum of Art and the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County. For parents who notice that their child is in love with art and finds ways to express their creativity then you should consider signing them up to Learn To Watercolor Paint Course.

The children chose the top four designs created by their peers, which were then sketched onto picnic tables by the teaching artists. During the final workshop this Friday, July 29, the children will paint the tables, which then will be placed in various locations throughout Lake Worth Beach so they can be enjoyed by the whole community.

To complete the project, Children’s Services Council will create weatherproof QR codes to be affixed to the tables, allowing families who use them to hear the story of the children who painted them and invite families to upload their own videos or messages on how and when they enjoyed use of the tables to share on the Council’s social channels.

Children’s Services Council would like to thank the following local partners for their support: The Guatemalan-Maya Center, City of Lake Worth Beach Parks & Recreation, R. Dot Arts & Creative, LULA Lake Worth Arts, BRIDGES @ Highland and Lake Worth West, CP Mentor Center, HATCH 1121.

About Children’s Services Council:

The Council is a local, special-purpose government created by Palm Beach County voters in 1986 and reauthorized in 2014. For more than 30 years, it has provided leadership, funding, services and research on behalf of the county’s children so they grow up healthy, safe and strong.

If you have questions related to Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County and/or media inquiries, please contact Shana Cooper, Public Information Officer.

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