Globetrotter meets Peep!

 

Today our friends at Hope for Henry brought Harlem Globetrotter player Bull Bullard to visit patients in the hospital and clinic. When he stopped by we were hard at work on our (top secret) entry in the Washington Post magazine Peeps contest. Bull asked if he could try his hand at making a special peep and he joined the kids at the art table. He chose a giant white bunny and made it into the good-looking character below. Maybe a self-portrait? Peep-terature Portraiture??photo 1

Ta-daa!

Ta-daa!

 

Ready to Peep!

What inspiration will marshmallow chicks and bunnies bring to Tracy’s Kids this year? Last year our entry in the Washington Post Magazine’s Peeps Diorama Contest depicted some valiant teens saving a Sol Lewitt drawing from falling off the wall at the National Gallery– and though we didn’t win, we  made the Kids’ Post. This year, who knows?? We’re stocked up on Peeps and ready to brainstorm.

Ready to Peep!

Ready to Peep!

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/2014-peeps-diorama-contest-official-rules/2014/02/24/1fc26b12-9d5f-11e3-9ba6-800d1192d08b_story.html

Thank-you!!

At Tracy’s Kids 2013 was a really busy year. Here is a sampling of what we’ve been up to:

  • We began and ended the year with work on display at Carroll Square Gallery, 975 F St, NW, Washington, DC. Our current show is up through January 24, so there’s still time to take it in.
  • Our first ever music video “Tracy’s Kids Keep your Head Up!” went up on Youtube. (Still one of the most cheerful videos on Youtube!)
  • Art exhibit at Lombardi Cancer Center
  • Another successful Red Carpet Fundraiser in February
  • an entry in the Washington Post Magazine’s Peeps Diorama Contest that didn’t win, but made the Kids’ Post
  • a great story about us on the Voice of America
  • the launch of our Junior Monet art gift site
  • a summer mosaic mural project led by students at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School
  • creating American flag-themed art for a show with abstract painter Kari Kant
  • inpatient space renovations at Georgetown and Methodist San Antonio
  • two mentions on the news in San Antonio, TX
  • a comprehensive Program Evaluation by participants in all five programs
  • an art show at Life with Cancer Center
  • celebrating holidays with the kids at all the hospitals
  • creating “gingerbread men” decorations for soldiers in Afghanistan
  • leading art activities to support staff  in all our locations
  • creating art about the famous sights of  Washington and San Antonio for our Carroll Square show
  • and in one amazing week in December building and decorating Nationals Stadium out of gingerbread with help from players Ross Detwiler and Denard Span, hosting Santa’s visit to the kids at Georgetown/Lombardi Center, and opening our latest show of work by Tracy’s Kids at Carroll Square!!

Here’s a photo gallery of some of the year’s highlights:

  • Exam table paper transforms the inpatient unit hallway into an art studio.

    Exam table paper transforms the inpatient unit hallway into an art studio.

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    Balloon Hat

    Balloon Hat

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    Tracy's Kids at Carroll Square 2012

    Tracy’s Kids at Carroll Square 2012

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    Drawing ideas

    Drawing ideas

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    Tracy's Kids team with Kari Kant and Sabra Rogers

    Tracy’s Kids team with Kari Kant and Sabra Rogers

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    David Cohen of Comcast/NBCUniversal, Marcelle Leahy, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Dave Camp and Matt Gerson

    David Cohen of Comcast/NBCUniversal, Marcelle Leahy, Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Congressman Dave Camp and Matt Gerson

    Big heads on their way to the Red Carpet

    Big heads on their way to the Red Carpet

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We couldn’t do it without support from so many of you, so I want to take one final opportunity to say thank-you:

  •  to the  donors and supporters who make our work possible,
  • the hardworking and dedicated art therapists who bring healing, creativity and laughter to the hospitals every day,
  • the hospitals and healthcare teams who welcome us so warmly, and community partners like Hope for Henry, Growing Hope and Life with Cancer, Hemphill Fine Arts and Carroll Square
  • and most of all our  patients and their families–you bring your hearts, hands and energy to the art tables in all five locations.

Thank-you, thank-you, and Happy 2014 from everyone at Tracy’s Kids!

With a little help from your Peeps!

We didn’t win the Washington Post Magazine’s Peeps contest, but the Kids’ Post Pullout in the March 31 Sunday Style Section is about kids entering the Peeps Contest. They included a great picture  and a caption about our entry, along with some other awesome  kids’ Peeps creations.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/kidspost/peeps-dioramas-created-by-kids/2013/03/27/7f10f8b8-955e-11e2-b6f0-a5150a247b6a_gallery.html#photo=15

Thanks, Washington Post!

Our Peeps Contest Entry

Our Peeps Contest Entry

Our Peeps Entry Revealed!

All last week at Lombardi, a crew ranging from two-year olds to grade-schoolers and a few adults, worked to transform marshmallow bunnies and chicks into a whimsical work of art for the 2013 Washington Post Magazine Peeps Contest. Since we are all about  kids and art, we chose to represent the incident at the National Gallery of Art on February 15 when a 10 by 37 foot piece of art started to come off the wall and some high school students caught it and kept it from falling. It sounded dramatic in the news accounts, but details were few, so we added creative embellishments.peeps_edited2 closeup3

Just to make it fun, we make the whole piece of art out of peeps. We spent several days custom-painting them to match the drawing. We even had to do “surgery” on them to make them fit inside the lines so we could keep the drawing to scale, but we were at the hospital, after all!

Maybe the most fun was putting in the visitors to the gallery. Three museum guards wear headsets and blue star “uniforms.” Some of the visitors have museum headsets (made of macaroni)  like the gallery provides with narratives about the art, and one little guy is holding a camera. One of the high schoolers who is catching the painting somehow ended up with Rastafarian curly-noodle hair! The gallery floor in real life is super-shiny polished granite, which we simulated with mosaic mirror tiles covered in translucent paint.

The Peeps Contest deadline is midnight, February 25, and this post is scheduled to go up at 1:00 a.m. on the 26th, so we don’t reveal our entry ahead of time. We don’t know if it will win–they get thousands of entries–but we had fun making it and talking about famous art with the kids at the clinic.