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Ribbon cutting at Oak Park School for Kennedy Center Grant Project

Posted By Backyard Getaway, Sunday, December 2, 2012

Join us for a ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Oak Park School side of the bridge that joins the campuses of Oak Park School and Lakeview Elementary. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Dec. 6 in the 7200 block of Proctor Road, Sarasota. 

Backyard Getaway recently completed a joint project with local teaching artists Brenda Smoak & krista McCampbell. The project was created through a national grant provided by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. Sarasota was selected to be one of 7 cities nationwide to participate in MetLife's grant.

Brenda Smoak's project was chosen through the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall. Brenda partnered with local artisans Backyard Getaway to create water features with the students at both schools and Krista McCampbell to create mosaics to adorn the Oak Park fountain and the bridge. 

We worked with a variety of students from Oak  Park and Lakeview Elementary Schools to build a waterfall on each campus, paint an existing bridge that the students use daily to traverse a ravine, create decorative mosaics and a meditative garden space at Oak Park. The goal of the MetLife grant is to involve students who are disabled with students who are not in a joint art project to build community. Brenda's project was chosen because it meets these community-building goals while teaching math and science skills in the process. This grant also allowed over 400 students from these two schools to attend two performances at the Van Wezel.

For more information on the art & nature projects please visit:

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LocalShops1 says...
Posted Sunday, December 2, 2012
Congratulations!! Sounds like a great project!
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