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Hope Studios Collaborates With Community To Create Artwork For Early Literacy Space

ANCHORAGE, AK, OCTOBER 21, 2013: Hope Studios, part of Hope Community Resources, collaborated with many different organizations and individuals to redesign the early literacy space at the Loussac Public Library. The space, designed for families with children under three years old, will help Alaskan children to read, write, sing, play, and talk in an effort to increase communication and early learning.

Jenny Moore, Director of Artistic Expression at Hope Studios, is calling the effort “a truly collaborative project.” From the many organizations that partnered on the project, to the individuals who participate in Hope Studios’ art program, to the over 200 children who attended a community based drawing event to create designs for the center, it took many hands to make this remodeled space a reality. Eleven designs will be featured at the center, with a colorful tree representing all seasons as the focal point.

Hope Studios has been part of Hope Community Resources programs for more than three years. The studio provides artists with a space and material to create collaborative art pieces that are available for purchase at the Hope Studios Gallery at the corner of Arctic and International. “What the studio offers to individuals who choose Hope’s support is an opportunity to express themselves through art. This is similar to what the early literacy space will offer to Alaskan children as they engage in the creative and fun activities it offers” says Moore.

A grand opening is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 10am to 11am at the Loussac Public Library, Youth Services, Level 2. The public is invited to attend. It is expected several of the artists who participated in the redesign of the space will be in attendance at this event.

Hope Community Resources provides services and supports to Alaskans experiencing intellectual and developmental disabilities since 1968.

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