“GIRL SCOUTS SAFELY PIVOT TO AN ON-LINE ART EXHIBIT IN LIGHT OF COVID-19 RISK”
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As an annexed facility to Addison Trail High School with shared District 88 resources and policies, The Addison Center for the Arts closed in March and has yet to reopen to the public. Naturally, the ACA had to postpone planned events and exhibitions. One of those events was the annual Girl Scouts SU 537/536 art exhibit and reception in June. Showing characteristic resilience, the girls suggested that the exhibit could be moved on-line. The Addison Center for the Arts is delighted to work with the scouts and host “Staying Connected through Art,” a virtual art exhibit on AddisonCenterfortheArts.org starting the first week of August 2020.
Girl Scouts Service Units 537 proudly belongs to Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana. They are a younger girl service unit that includes the Daisy, Brownie and Junior levels of Girl Scouts. There are 297 girls and 146 adult volunteers in 31 troops. Girl Scouts Service Unit 536 consists of older girls in Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors.
“This year our Girl Scouts have had their cookie season interrupted, summer camps and troop camping trips cancelled, programs and meetings postponed, changed and cancelled. They have not been able to do a lot of things that they normally do since COVID-19 came into the picture, but being able to stay connected through art was a wonderful opportunity to come together as a service unit during this difficult time.
Art has always been and will always be one of the most special, creative outlets for our girls. The girls have made new friends through art, share and display their art for others in their communities through murals, kindness rocks and buddy benches. They have created art that will have a lifelong impact on their schools, places of worship, parks and homes.
All levels of Girl Scouts welcome new members to join at any time to be part of the largest girl led sisterhood out there. All levels from Daisies to Ambassadors have the opportunity to not only nurture their artistic side, but can go on many adventures along the way including camping, travel, doing things in their communities to help people, learning important life skills and so much more.”
~Heather Leslie, Troop Leader from SU 537
Marcus Pacheco and Dr. Lauren Keller of Addison encouraged the development of “Staying Connected through Art” by sponsoring the virtual exhibit.
"Dr. Keller and I have been profoundly impacted by Scouting and 4-H programs from our involvement in elementary school through the point of aging out. We believe these organizations offer a solid, well-rounded foundation for early development of leadership and problem solving skills by exposing members to a wide range of programs including fine arts, civics, computer coding, manufacturing and construction, nature conservation, first aid and others that could lead to future career choices. By giving back to the organizations that helped shape us into the adults we have become, we feel that we can do our part to build a stronger community, together."
~Marcus Pacheco, Board Member of the Addison Center for the Arts
One of the benefits of on-line art shows is that they can be enjoyed for as long as there is computer server space available to host them. The Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana’s SU 536 and 537’s “Staying Connected through Art” will remain available to view at www.AddisonCenterfortheArts.org/stayingconnected.html for the immediate future.