Art a la Carte is a free hands-on arts and crafts event that appeals to children between 2 and 10, and contributes to children’s creative development through a variety of art projects and activities. This year’s theme is “Art and Animals” and will feature the Friends of the San Martin Animal Shelter, the San Martin 4-H Club, and the Wildlife Education and Rehabilitation Center, as well as many arts and craft stations.
Some of this year’s projects are super hero capes, chalk art, face painting, animal masks, musical instruments and decorations. In addition to the Friends of the San Martin Animal Shelter, San Martin 4-H, and W.E.R.C., this year’s booth partners include: Air Systems Foundation, Children’s Discovery Museum, Las Madres of Morgan Hill, the Morgan Hill Library Culture and Arts Commission, Pump It Up, Friends of the Morgan Hill Library, Tutor Time Childcare and Preschool, and many others.
The event is co-sponsored by the city of Morgan Hill Recreation and Community Services Division of the Community Services Department and the Morgan Hill Community Foundation’s El Toro Culture and Arts Committee, which is designed to foster an understanding of and interest in a broad range of culture and the arts for the entire community. The event is possible because of many volunteers and generous donors including Coyote Valley Sporting Clays, Johnson Lumber Ace Hardware, Karen’s Art Zone, Santa Clara Valley Contractors’ Association and Valle del Sur Art Guild.
“This annual children’s project holds a special place in the Morgan Hill community’s generous heart,” said Dave Reisenauer, president of the Morgan Hill Community Foundation. “Year after year both donors and volunteers come together to keep this positive, fun tradition firmly in place for all of our children to enjoy. I am proud that the Morgan Hill Community Foundation is now an integral partner with the Recreation and Community Services team and can help the event grow over time.”
The city of Morgan Hill Recreation and Community Services Division strives to enhance the community’s quality of life, public safety, and economy by providing high quality and diverse program opportunities. With a focus on customer satisfaction, the department is responsible for managing the city’s recreation facilities, programs and activities in a manner that satisfies the recreation and leisure needs of the Morgan Hill community, while attracting visitors from throughout the Bay Area.
“We are thrilled that we can continue this event at a time when many programs like this one are eliminated because of budget cuts,” said Maureen Drewniany, recreation supervisor, city of Morgan Hill Recreation and Community Services Division. “It is a testament to the sponsors’ and residents’ commitment to positive, fun opportunities like this one that make Morgan Hill such a great family community.”