Fundraising Calendar Showcases Art by Highland Park Youth

By EGP Staff Report

A Highland Park-based nonprofit that provides services to low-income and at-risk students is once again raising funds by selling calendars for the new year filled with artwork by students who receive their services.

The resource center, which has been selling the calendar for several years, has announced that the 2014 Hathaway-Sycamores Children’s Art Calendar is now on sale. The calendar makes a “wonderful holiday gift” and proceeds from the sale benefit youngsters in need, according to Hathaway-Sycamores’ press release.

Scarlett Sanchez, 8, displays her painting of the Chrysler Building in New York, which was used in the 2014 Hathaway-Sycamores Children’s Art Calendar. (Courtesy of Mary Kay Wilson)

Scarlett Sanchez, 8, displays her painting of the Chrysler Building in New York, which was used in the 2014 Hathaway-Sycamores Children’s Art Calendar. (Courtesy of Mary Kay Wilson)

Created through the “World Traveler” art project by area students who receive academic-enrichment and other support services from the Hathaway-Sycamores Highland Park Family Resource Center, the one-of-a-kind calendar features the students’ artistic response to the question: Where in the world would I like to visit?

Featured artwork is by a group of students from Highland Park who spent spring acquiring an assortment of artistic techniques that they applied to their colorful artwork for the calendar.

“Not only is the Hathaway-Sycamores calendar both beautiful and affordable ($10, plus $5 shipping and handling), but proceeds will help fund crucial services needed by the thousands of youngsters and families served annually by Hathaway-Sycamores Child and Family Services  – one of Los Angeles County’s largest, nonprofit, private children’s mental-health and welfare agencies,” according to the resource center announcement.

The innovative spring art program that sparked creation of the annual calendar is offered by the Highland Park Family Resource Center located at 840 N. Avenue 66. At-risk and underserved children and teens – ranging in age from 7 to 12 – spent afternoons at the center where they receive instruction from Master-in-Residence artist Mary Kay Wilson, who is well known for her award-winning work with watercolors. Wilson’s interpretation of the Mission San Fernando Rey de España (located in Mission Hills, Calif.) is currently being displayed on Metro buses and rail cars traveling throughout Los Angeles County as part of Metro’s “Through the Eyes of Artists” poster series.

The 2014 Hathaway-Sycamores Children’s Art Calendar can be purchased by calling (626) 395-7100 ext. 2516 or it can be ordered online at www.hathaway-sycamores.org.

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November 14, 2013  Copyright © 2012 Eastern Group Publications, Inc.

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