For some of us, October stirs up images of leaves falling, hay rides and pumpkin picking, along with memories of getting in costume, trick-or-treating and over-indulging on candy. Here in Chile, though, trees are in bloom, and the sun is shining! As the days warm up, people are shaking off months of winter weather. No longer restricted by cold and rain to a life indoors, the kids at our partner organizations can finally run around outside with our volunteers for a game of fútbol, tag or hopscotch. They can venture out to a nearby park, swing on the swings, or have a calm picnic. Yet exploring the outdoors isn’t the only activity we’re working on right now.
Thanks to our new partnership with American Tower Chile, volunteer art workshops now boast bigger and better opportunities as the kids prepare their final Festival artwork and performances.
To celebrate artwork that children and volunteers create together during ongoing art workshops, VE hosts an art festival twice a year, providing a supportive space to build children’s confidence and show off their creativity. The festival includes everything from paintings, poems, dance, and singing.Seeing all of the kids' artwork this year was amazing! With Festival falling on October 30th this year, the program team decided there could be no better theme than Halloween! Stocked up with black and orange tempera paint, googly eyes, glitter and all sorts of Halloween-related craft materials, our volunteers motivated and inspired the kids to create awesome Halloween-themed artwork. Whether by drawing, dancing, painting or singing, Festival is always a great time for kids to express themselves through art. VE volunteers and staff had a blast at this years Festival, too. After much choreography and practice, they used Michael Jackson’s Thriller to kick off the event in order to get the kids psyched about getting up on stage too.
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