A Houston nonprofit has created an interesting fundraising campaign and would like anyone who agrees that arts education can lead to positive youth mental health, to join the Creativi-Tree.
The EZ Kids Creativity Shell is a nonprofit organization on a mission to use creative trades to educate and inspire the next generation of makers. The organization teaches classes such as sewing/textile arts, cooking, building and other creative trades to students in our studios, libraries, schools, ABA therapy centers, the juvenile justice system as well as shelters that rescue children from homelessness and human trafficking. Classes are designed to teach children essential life skills, practical skills, and positive mental health coping skills.
Since the Creativity Shell was formed in 2015, their creative programs have been an integral ally that is fostering positive mental health in the children they are serving in the community. Creativity Shell programs have been successful at creating therapy for sex trafficking survivors, helping children cope and manage anxiety, building fine motor skills for children on the autism spectrum, teaching life skills to homeless students and being an overall positive organization in the community that continue to teach skills to students and teach them to use their skills to give back to the community.
In 2022, the Creativity Shell would like to continue their growth in the communities they serve by building the first of its kind, community service center also known as the EZ Kids Creativity Shell Design Center. The Creativity Shell Design Center will feature a one-of-a-kind Costume Design Center, Creativity Cooks/Creativity Caters commercial kitchen, Creativity Cuts & Color Children’s Hair Salon, Creativity Grows hydroponics, Creativity S.T.R.E.A.M Bug Media School and more. Students as young as 5 years old can take classes at the Creativity Shell Design Center and children will also benefit from free services the center will offer such as youth mental health counseling.
To raise funds for their new building, the Creativity Shell would like all supporters who believe in their mission and their cause to help generate energy for the building by becoming a part of the Creativi-tree.
The Creativi-Tree will be a mixed media wall mural that will be a main focal point inside the Creativity Shell Design Center. The base of the tree will be a mixture of recyclable materials that will be made to resemble an African Baobab tree. The energy/zest from the tree will be a mixture of colorful glass pieces that will radiate from the tree, cover the walls of the Design Center and will contain the name of individuals that donated to the Creativi-Tree campaign.
“I love the African Baobab trees” says Shelancia Daniel, founder and executive director at the Creativity Shell. “The tree represents all the basic philological needs from Maslow’s triangle, and this is the type of environment the Creativity Shell wants to offer to the children participating in our programs and services. Through arts education programs, we can help them continue climbing that triangle to reach towards self-sustainability.” Added Daniel.
The Creativi-Tree is a great project for individuals and groups to support. Sponsorship of the Creativi-Tree is also a great gift for children as their names will always be a part of the Creativi-tree.
To support this project, sponsors can donate/purchase a ticket. Please keep ticket information handy as it will detail your name, seat, and section on the Creativi-Tree once it is built.
Sponsors are invited to a private unveiling of the Creativi-Tree at the NEW Creativity Shell Design Center with a tentative date of August 3, 2024.
To sponsor and add your name/family to the Creativi-Tree, please use this link to choose your spot on the tree. Your ticket will be your contribution.
All funds raised from the Creativi-Tree art project will be used towards the building/renovation costs of the new Design Center. Funds will also be used to provide arts education programs that support positive youth mental health.