Bras, Brooches, and Beads

Jacoby Arts Center.  Our Brownie troop had a field trip this past Saturday to the Jacoby Arts Center located in Alton, IL.  Without a doubt, this is one inspiring nonprofit arts center.  Entering the historic building we immediately saw rows of decorated bras hanging on the walls of the gallery.  As a breast cancer survivor, I knew I was home.  That evening the Jacoby Arts Center along with Alton Memorial Hospital hosted Bras on Broadway, an exhibition of art bra creations to benefit Alton Memorial’s breast cancer support program, You’ve Got a Friend.  Our third-grade Brownies enjoyed viewing the themed bras and selecting their favorites;  my Brownie was partial to the Wonder Woman bra since this was who she chose to be for Halloween.  I gravitated towards the sequined bra which must have involved a LOT of gluing.

Making our way downstairs for our BeJeweled class, we met Ms. Susan Elmendorf, a knowledgeable teacher who held the girls’ interest and encouraged their creativity from start to finish.  The first project consisted of creating a brooch out of magazines, ribbons, sequins, and construction paper.  The results truly exemplified inspired thinking outside the box.

IMG_1318The next project involved working with clay in order to create enough beads for two bracelets.  Again, the sky was the limit as to bead formation.  Ms. Elmendorf stressed the importance of carving tool safety with much humor and explained the mental and physical benefits of working with this medium.  Soon moms, dads, and grandmas were joining in on the handiwork.

With all of the collaboration happening, I thought I might have heard Unchained Melody in the background.

I (heart) Jacoby Arts Center.  Give it a try, and you will be saying, “Ditto.”