The Meaford Public Library was given a generous donation of $3,090 in addition to a variety of art supplies and equipment, by the Meaford Children’s Art Camp to support art programs and activities for youth.
The Meaford Children’s Art Camp was a startup by the Retired Women Teachers of Ontario (RWTO) in 2004 with support from the Meaford Creative Arts Association and other local groups through grants and sponsorships which allowed them to purchase necessary supplies. The Meaford Children’s Art Camp was able to provide camp at no cost for children for a few years and was held at many local locations such as the Meaford Hall, Meaford Legion, and the Church of Christ. It was organized with the help of many volunteers, including students, at the direction of Pat Kortland, Judy Shield, and Mary Milne through various years. The Meaford Children’s Art camp wishes to thank the many volunteers and children that participated and made the camp a success.
For many summers, this group of talented artists demonstrated and taught youth artistic techniques and skills. They inspired youth to use their imagination, explore the many different forms of art, and encouraged them to have fun while being creative. The youth participants received instruction and created many different pieces of creative artwork which was often displayed in the windows of downtown Meaford businesses.
The Meaford Children’s Art Camp served the children for 15 years and closed in 2020. They are pleased to donate the remaining finances and supplies to the Meaford Public Library for junior programming. The Meaford Public Library is incredibly grateful and appreciative of this donation. Lori Pierce, Junior and Youth Services Coordinator for the library, is excited to encourage and promote creativity through art with our local youth.