Overman Academy students Ella McTighe, left, and Kiera Adams. Contributed photo

SKOWHEGAN — WesArts sent home free “Art Kits for Kids” April 27, due to inspiration from Waterville Creates and delivery through Kennebec Valley Community Action Program’s Family Enrichment Council.

Each kit featured educational materials about migrating birds, along with all art supplies needed to create a blue tree swallow and a yellow pine warbler craft.

WesArts Youth Coordinator Lyn Govoni spearheaded this project after fellow board members Peggy Hamilton and John Harlow shared their ideas, plans and community connections. Govoni reached out to Serena Sanborn from Waterville Creates, Angie Herrick from the Skowhegan Free Public Library, and Kristen Plummer, KVCAP’s community coordinator, who shared their experiences and information.

For April’s Art Kit, WesArts received funding from the Skowhegan-Madison Elks and GFWC Semper Fidelis for the art kit supplies. Ella McTighe and Kiera Adams from Overman Academy cut out 100 card stock circles and packed all 50 zip-lock bags, and Warren’s Office Supplies provided several packages of poster board.

The WesArts Art Kits for Kids program will give children 12 and younger monthly access to art during the coronavirus pandemic and into the future. Govoni said, “We will give out 50 free art kits from April through June, give the Skowhegan Free Public Library time for their art kit deliveries during their six-week summer reading program, and start up again at the end of August,” according to a news release.

Enough donations were accepted from the United Way of Mid-Maine, the Lions Club, Coburn Park, the American Legion, and the Rotary Club, that the art kits can go out each month during the 2021-2022 school year.

Fifty May art kits, focusing on Bugs, are available at the River Roads Artisan Gallery, 75 Water St., May 26-29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, noon to 6 p.m. Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

For more information or questions, contact Govoni at [email protected] or 207-399-3181.

Jenny Freundlich of Kennebec Valley Community Action Program, left, and Lyn Govoni of WesArts. Contributed photo