Making Connections

Arts for Learning San Diego presented the Family Arts and Literacy Connection series at the Encinitas Library through a grant by the City of Encinitas and the Mizel Family Foundation. Each event included a performance by a renowned local storyteller, followed by a hands-on art activity and a free book giveaway.

The series included two events in December and one in January. The first, called Stories of Celebration From Around the World, gave attendees the opportunity to enjoy a cultural storytelling by Marilyn McPhie and a colored paper bag lantern craft with visual artist Stacie Greene. The second December event included traditional holiday stories, reflection on the holiday season, and a three-dimensional star ornament craft. All families received a copy of The Polar Express. The January event, in celebration of the 2018 One Book, One San Diego selections, told the tales of courageous individuals such as Fannie Lou Hamer and the Buffalo Soldiers by storyteller Alyce Smith Cooper. Visual artist Deron Cohen then presented an art project called “What color am I?” in which participants were challenged to re-create their own skin colors using acrylic paint to make a self-portrait.

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The final event of the series, called Family Art with Heart, will occur on Wednesday, Feb. 6 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Families will learn how to make a quilled paper heart using construction paper just in time for Valentine’s Day, and receive a copy of Pete the Cat, Valentine’s Day Is Cool. Contact the Encinitas Library to register.

Family Arts and Literacy Connection series programs are designed to create meaningful and education-based connections between communities and local libraries through the arts. Each event encourages creativity, art-based communication, and self-expression, and gives local families the opportunity to unplug from technology and spend time together. Discover more at www.sdcl.org.