Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Art Institute of California – Orange County Participates in the National Week of Service

Students, faculty and staff from The Art Institute of California – Orange County, will team up on a special assignment that will promote goodwill and valuable support to their community during the National Week of Service April 19-25, 2009.

The Art Institute of California – Orange County is no stranger to community service. Since its inception, the school has been actively involved in community outreach with various organizations including Make-A-Wish Foundation of Orange County and the Inland Empire, The American Red Cross and the Discovery Science Center.

“Participating in the National Week of Service complements our mission of helping our students grow professionally while serving the community we share with them,” said President Dan Levinson. “Giving back to the community has always been a priority and we are proud of the enthusiasm our students, staff and faculty have always had for these types of projects.”

For the National Week of Service, The Art Institute of California – Orange County has partnered with Discovery Arts to help bring art to children in hospitals while they are receiving treatment. The school has been collecting art supplies since the beginning of the month and this week will be putting together “Bedside Adventure Kits” for the organization. These kits are for children too sick to leave their hospital beds.

The entire school community has been encouraged to take time to decorate one of the kits with a positive, uplifting theme. Decorating stations will be set up in the student lounge during class breaks and the goal is to present Discovery Arts with 75 decorated, fully-stocked Bedside Adventure Kits.

On Tuesday, April 21, a team made up of two faculty members, two students and two staff members will visit Children’s Hospital of Orange County to participate in an Art Adventure Day with Discovery Arts. Foundation Studies Academic Director Alan Burner will lead the group and the children in a special art project.

Art Institute locations across the country are taking part in this national initiative.

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