100 + 100: Brenna and Maria at Wild At Art
Jul 24, 2014
Two Centerliners kicked off the 100+100 program this week by volunteering their time to Wild At Art – a place dedicated to helping kids grow creatively in a nurturing environment. Interactive Designer Maria Boehling and Graphic Designer Brenna Mickey paired up for the day to help bring out the campers creative side. Their day consisted of guiding the children through a “Doodle-Bug” centered camp, which included crafts and themed activities.
Whether they helped with painting, or just assisted in organizing activities, these Centerliners helped the campers to get in touch with their inner creative, while also making an impact in the community. “The camp definitely has a positive impact on the community, not only exposing children to art, but giving them a creative and productive outlet during their summer that helps out the children and their families while they are not in school,” said Maria, emphasizing the importance of the program Wild At Art has to offer.
The hope for 100+100 is for each Centerliner to come away from the experience feeling like an impact was made in some way. For Brenna Mickey, what stuck out was the importance of staying flexible for kids who wanted to explore art in a more individual fashion. “One boy didn’t want to paint a butterfly, he wanted to paint a dragon fly, so I cut out a dragon fly for him to paint. Maria drew a cheetah for another boy who didn’t want to paint a butterfly. We used our creativity to help kids explore painting in their own ways.”
When we first decided to launch 100+100, we thought it was important that we gave back to the community together. The combined effort of our employees volunteering benefits our workplace along with the charities we offer our time to, because it connects us all at a more basic and human level. “Volunteering with a fellow designer allowed us to get to know each other outside of work by doing something we both enjoyed. Both of us have been at Centerline for only a few months and it was a good experience to share,” Brenna elaborated.
Launching this new program has allowed us to express the appreciation we feel, and the feedback so far has been encouraging. Wild At Art is an awesome program that fosters the creative growth of children, and we’re happy we could contribute to their cause. We’re looking forward to our continued involvement with Wild At Art, and the many other organizations we will be teaming up with in the coming months.