Due to the surge in COVID-19 cases here in South Florida, many summer camps have shutdown. Leaving parents to desperately find entertainment for their kids at home.
Thanks to the Perez Art Museum Miami, a creative initiative has begun to help distract kids during this time.
PAMM is currently closed to the public. But that hasn’t stopped them in giving back to the community.
"What we are doing is repurposing art supplies and kits that we already here in the museum and finding ways to distribute them throughout the county. Whether it's with locals organizations that are serving youth through the summer. Whether it's in person or virtually. And then also, we're working to set up a distribution with Miami-Dade public schools at some of the meal sites that are going to be distributed," says Marie Vickles, Director of Education, Perez Art Muesum Miami.
The art kits have a variety of materials kids will enjoy.
"Every kits has its basic supplies. Papers, markers, colored pencils, glue sticks. Ideally, this support both academic and arts based learning and then we also try to include some special high quality art making supplies. Sometimes it'll be air dry clay, maybe it's taint, water color paint, chalk, little scratch boards that create this really cool backgrounds. And its just all different kind of cool things that we can add to it.
Right now the kits are being distributed at shelters and at Miami Dade meal distribution sites. But, there are talks of selling the kits in the near future.
"We've thought about it. Maybe in the fall. Some of our fall programs that we can plan out further ahead. So we might have some art kits that you can purchase that will coordinate with planned activities. So yeah that's something we've thought about too," stated Vickles.
If you want to know more information or donate or donate unused art supplies you can email firstname.lastname@example.org