Giving back to the community is important any time of the year. Recently we at Learn for Life held our first virtual card making event with all cards to be donated to the nonprofit Cardz for Kidz. Cardz for Kidz is dedicated to uplifting spirits across the globe by delivering inspiring handmade cards. They have been delivering cards worldwide for over eleven years now. This online event was not only a great way to give back to the community, but also to connect with new people in a creative and open environment.
At the beginning of the creative card-making event, everyone introduced themselves and we brainstormed ideas for card wording and imagery. We discussed the importance of positive uplifting content that is applicable to anyone and how phrases like “get well soon” can actually be harmful since some illnesses have no cure. Some of the card ideas that were generated were phrases like “Esta Feliz” and “You brighten the day”. Ideas of imagery included animals, flowers, superheroes, and sports.
Once we had finished brainstorming, it was time to relax and be creative. The event had a warm and fun environment. Participants shared ideas and giggles. There was positive energy and support for everyone across a variety of ages, abilities, and background. This was a virtual gathering to support a greater community.
At the end of the event, everyone had at least one finished card ready to be added to the bundle of cards that we will mail off to Cardz for Kidz. While this event wasn’t one of our creative skills learning workshops, I believe lessons were still learned about collaborating with people who may have a different life experience than ourselves and about the joy of helping other people.
Sydney Davis-Campos is the Virtual Learning Coordinator at Able ARTS Work, Learn for Life. She has a B.A. in Studio Art and Art History. Sydney has worked at Able ARTS Work for almost 5 years where she has also held the positions of Art Instructor and an Assistant Program Manager.