'The Grace Project' paints its way into children's hearts


POSTED: Monday, May 26, 2014 - 9:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, May 27, 2014 - 8:50am

Every Monday at Bergfeld Park you can find a group of students enjoying the outdoors with an easel and water colors. All using a brush and paint as the canvas for 'The Grace Project'.

KETK spoke with the creator of the group, Grace Ram, who said, "It's inspired by our children. I have a child with Downs Syndrome. She's turned 23, which means she's no longer in the public school system. And our area doesn't have a lot to offer children of that age". So family members were looking for an activity to keep their children involved in the community.

Eventually, they created this weekly program to keep kids active through art. Ram said, "The goal of the art project is definitely to help these children not only socialize, but have other creative endeavors and outlets". Local artist Russell Bellue even participates to give the group art lessons. Bellue said, "They get to tap into their creativity, they're all very creative and it gives them something to do".

Of course it's an activity they all look forward to each week. One of the parents, Barbara  Haslett, said, "They just really look forward to it. Every Sunday night she reminds me that 'tomorrow we have art'".

In the future, the Grace Project hopes to expand into an all-day camp, and they group is currently looking for wall space for paint a mural.

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