Back in November, Clark Shanahan invited his friend Piper Brewer to come and sit in on our board meeting. At the meeting, I invited Clark and Piper to come out to the park for the Thanksgiving dinner we were planning that weekend. They both came and Piper got to see Jeanne, who she's know since Jeanne was in high school. Jeanne is an artist and had worked with Piper at the center in addition to showing her work there as a student. The next week, Piper and Linda Ruehle got in touch with Jeanne about bringing the kids down for a weekend art class. Jeanne asked me if I could give everyone a ride, and so this weekend Marlene and Ted put the back seat back in their van and lent it to me for the afternoon.
It was great afternoon, of course, because you can't go wrong with ART + FREINDS + ADORABLE KIDS. It was also an incredibly beautiful and hopeful afternoon, because so many people had been involved in arranging this class for the kids: Clark invited Piper, I invited Piper and Clark, Piper and Linda arranged the class, Jeanne rounded up the kids. Marlene and Ted lent me their van, and I picked everyone up and snapped a few pictures.
When non profits work this way, the academics call it Collective Impact. When people act this way, we call it family. Either way, it's the perfect time of year to see Hope and Joy breaking in around us.