With a goal of expanding the reach of the visual arts for children in their community, Abrakadoodle West Greater Houston volunteered to take part in a special event: 3 Days with Honey from July 5-7 to benefit kids from the inner city of Houston. Abrakadoodle locations nationwide have been identifying worthy organizations in their respective communities to partner with and to make a positive difference as part of the company’s 2017 Arts for All campaign. Abrakadoodle’s annual Arts for All Campaign benefits children facing financial, intellectual, emotional, physical and other hardships and challenges by providing access to free, hands-on art education programming.
Abrakadoodle West Greater Houston donated two art classes for 25 kids each on Thursday, July 6th for the special event spearheaded by Honey’s Place, a nonprofit organization that provides activities and education for underserved kids in the City of Houston. According to Romina Moscoso, co-owner of Abrakadoodle West Greater Houston, “I met Mary Ann King, the founder of Honey’s Place, many years ago when she was my kids’ teacher at school. Her passion in everything she does is inspiring. I welcomed the opportunity to assist in her 3 Days with Honey event. I knew we were going to make a difference in the lives of those kids, and we did!”
Romina was joined by co-owner Julieta de Cara and their respective young daughters Abril, Catalina and Lola, who volunteered at the event. Co-owner Dana Yannone, although unable to attend the event, prepared all of the art materials to help make the event a success. The participating Houston area kids were inspired by an Abrakadoodle lesson based upon “Senecio” by Paul Klee. Ms. Moscoso said, “We loved the simple lines and colors. The kids learned how to manage the wax resist method and to paint with watercolors. It worked perfect with the kids because it looks like magic when their drawing starts to show under the watercolors.” Romina Moscoso, Julieta de Cara and Dana Yannone acquired their Abrakadoodle West Greater Houston franchise in March 2017 and are growing a thriving program while also making a difference in their community. “We had a great experience,” remarked Romina, “and it made our day to see their faces filled with happiness. Anyone can be an artist and this is exactly how these kids felt yesterday.”