News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Children Help Parents “Break the Bag Habit” at Upcoming Art Camp
Contact : Mickey Hebard, Program Director, Palo Alto Parents and Professionals for Art    650-493-7282
Annette Puskarich, Zero Waste Coordinator, City of Palo Alto Public Works    650-496-5911
Palo Alto, CA – Young artists, grades 1-8, will create works of usable art during the Spring Break Art Studio Camp, March 24 to March 28. The children will screen, paint, draw, marble, and whatever they dream up, to create unique designs for reusable shopping bags. Now, in addition to Palo Alto parents donning a car bumper sticker touting their child’s achievements, they can proudly tote their child’s work of art to the store every time they shop. Show the community that you are a proud parent and are actively protecting the environment for your child. A reusable shopping bag replaces thousands of disposable bags, eliminating litter and waste in the community.

The art camp will also feature trash-to-treasure art projects using discarded materials from the Palo Alto Recycling Center as the basic ingredients. Young artists will be challenged to create works of art from paper, cardboard, wire, bottles, small appliances and more. Working artists serve as art teachers for the Camp.

"It’s fascinating to watch what happens when you put out materials for the children to create their works of art. They put things together in ways you would never imagine. Feedback from parents, impressed by their child’s finished art includes, ‘My child did this?’ Each child brings a unique perspective and the art camp provides a rich environment for children to explore their creativity," said Mari Ruth Cooper, artist and Art Camp teacher.

Spring Break Art Studios Camp, held at Barron Park Elementary School, 800 Barron Avenue, Palo Alto, is a collaboration between the City of Palo Alto Public Works Recycling Program and Palo Alto Parents and Professionals for Art (PAPPA). It is co-sponsored by the Palo Alto Council of PTAs. The Camp starts at 9 a.m. and ends at 4 p.m., March 24 to 28, 2008. For more information, or to register for the Camp, contact PAPPA at 650-493-7282.