In their continuing efforts to find creative ways to educate and inspire the next generation of makers, nonprofit organization, the Creativity Shell is launching their 2ndmobile sewing/arts studio!
If you have not heard of the Creativity Shell, you might have seen their first mobile studio named “Jerry the Bus” or “the Big Blue Bus” parked in their parking lot on Kingwood Drive. The organization has been in existence for the last four years and they teach sewing/textile arts and other trades to children in their private studios, public libraries, schools as well as shelters that rescue children from homelessness and human trafficking. Their classes are designed to inspire children while teaching them essential life and practical skills.
“When the Creativity Shell first began teaching sewing classes to homeless youths at the Salvation Army/Tony’s Place, it was difficult to get students to go to the classes.” Says Shelancia Daniel, Communications Director of the Creativity Shell. “When Jerry the Bus went to the Salvation Army/Tony’s Place, there was a line-up around the corner for students wanting to get on board to sew! The children love him and they love coming into our studio to learn and create because of it” added Daniel.
The positivity surrounding Jerry the Bus has also prompted invitations for the Creativity Shell to bring Jerry to various schools, programs and children’s events around the city of Houston. In the summertime, Jerry was used to teach sewing classes in underserved counties in upstate New York and Jerry also won a grant from the Houston Arts Alliance to teach sewing classes in Houston City Parks. In addition, Jerry the Bus also has 5 full time after-school programs with Humble ISD, private birthday parties and events are also available and Jerry is being requested to go to other school districts such as Houston ISD, Fort Bend ISD and Conroe ISD. With Jerry only being one bus/mobile studio, the Creativity Shell cannot keep up with the demand for services.
Through a generous grant from the Dearing Foundation in Houston, the addition of a 2ndmobile studio to the Creativity Shell fleet will help to offer more sewing/textile arts programs across the greater Houston Area and will help the organization fulfill their mission to educate and inspire the next generation of makers.
A contest to name the new bus is available to Creativity Shell students. Ballots can be dropped off at the Creativity Shell studio located at 1570 Kingwood Drive, Kingwood TX 77339.
A FREE public wedding/fundraiser/unveiling of the new Creativity Shell Studio to Jerry the Bus will be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 @10AM. This is planned to be a fun children’s event and guests are asked to donate non-perishable food items and/or new toys that can be donated to children recently displaced by tropical storm Ilmeda.
Guests are asked to arrive between 10AM – 10:20AM, the ceremony will begin promptly at 10:20AM and food, refreshments and entertainment will be available until noon.
The Creativity Shell hopes to receive enough goods to fill both of their mobile studios to donate back to families in need.
If your child would like to enter the contest to “Name the Bus,” please print this form and drop off at the Creativity Shell or it can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.