WWU Art Club brings therapeutic art project to Joplin

A group of William Woods University students, faculty and
staff will be in Joplin, Mo., this weekend to provide an art activity for
children in the community devastated by a tornado last May.

The activity will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. tomorrow
(Saturday, Nov. 12) at McAuley Catholic High School, 930 Pearl, and the
community is invited to participate.
 
Jessica Bargate, an art major from Jefferson City, Mo., told the
WWU Art Club about a National Public Radio story of young children in the
community. The story motivated her to help them express themselves through art.
 
The group will spend the day with Joplin families making art
from recycled plastic bottles. They will paint the containers with bright
colors and combine the containers with cut paper flowers to create floral
sculptures. The containers will also contain flower seeds.
 
“Our message will be hopeful and focus on a 2012 spring
season of planting and beauty,” Bargate said.