Great Big Art Mash “GBAM” and Great Big Art Mash Junior “GBAM Jr.” for Children with Special Needs

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Summer camps are a huge event most parents and kids anxiously anticipate.  However, in rural areas, there are few opportunities for children with special needs to successfully attend these camps. The large group settings, high energy pace, and limited adult support make attendance and success challenging.

The Mudd Nick Foundation is committed to providing life changing opportunities for all children.  In summer 2013, two Art Day Camps were developed, funded and implemented as a result of a donation from the Mudd Nick Foundation.

Twenty-two children, ages six to 16, participated in awesome art experiences that were planned for their enjoyment and success.

The older children, grades four through10, attended GBAM at the Bay City Arts Center where this staff of committed, knowledgeable folks who love the arts did a fabulous job sharing their enthusiasm with these kids.

The younger group, grades Kindergarten through three, attended GBAM Jr., which was held at the Neahkahnie Pre-School facility in Rockaway Beach.  Their high energy, hands-on art experience was full of laughter and joy.

All the students had wonderful opportunities to create art, make music, play with old and new friends, and have lots of fun in a safe and supported environment.

In addition, the parents received some much needed respite from the challenges of raising a child with special needs, as the summer months can be long.

The Mudd Nick Foundation donation paid for transportation to and from the five-day camps, a high trained adult staff to student ratio, food, supplies, and a community dinner/art show to celebrate the artists.

The success of this project was evident by the smiles, lively conversation, dancing, and happy tears of the family and friends who attended this celebration.

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