January 19, 2018, we brought our origami and wellness message to Christ Church Cathedral's Gallery Hop Event:" I Am ME" as part of a week end to integrate arts and wellness for children, families and teachers in Central Kentucky. Volunteers Kathy Loeb and Mayte Hernandez-Murillo joined the team to teach our wellness message in storigami to local students from homeschool and public elementary through community college and teachers.
In February 2017, we had a multidisciplinary Heart Wellness Outreach with The University of Kentucky Gill Heart Institute- including exciting public fun folding, display of the GIANT Heart Banner, and many medical Heart ♥️ demonstrations by University of Kentucky physician and scientist volunteers, at The Living Arts and Science Center, on Martin Luther King Drive in Downtown Lexington, Kentucky.
In September, 2016, teen mothers at The Family Care Center learned the KidsArt4Hearts origami hearts, health messages, and made a group work of art for their beautiful facility on Wednesday September 14th.
In August, we shared the KidsArt4Hearts curriculum within a set of origami lessons at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky. The health curriculum and heart shape in KidsArt4Hearts is one week of 8 weeks of origami class training.
The origami class is part of a pilot research project with Dr. Gregory Jicha, Dr Shani Bardoch, and Tyler Hammond on "Brain Exercises for Synaptic Training." (the B.E.S.T. Trial) This study compares the experiences of seniors ages 65-80 in 8 weeks of weekly origami classes with daily homework, taught by Dr Sylvia Cerel-Suhl, to those in a reading group supervised by Mr Hammond, and to controls, people who continue their usual activities. The effects on memory and the parts of the brain regulating spatial relations, memory, and executive function are being examined by testing before and after the 8 weeks with interviews, tests, and EEG brain scans.
In July, 2017, KidsArt4Hearts was happy to share our curriculum and messages with museum educators, teachers and members of the public at the Headley-Whitney Museum.
In rolling horse country, outside beautiful Lexington, Kentucky, the Headley-Whitney was showing two exhibitions :"Vision 20:200," art by award winning "legally blind" artists, and " Sense of Touch," a hands on experiential exhibit. Our 2 hour program tied the KidsArt4Hearts program to these concepts and exhibits.
The 2016 Origami USA Convention- June 17-20 in New York was a wonderful opportunity to learn from colleagues from around the country and world.
Dr Cerel-Suhl taught a class at Origami USA with the KidsArt4Hearts Curriculum for teachers and students of all ages from elementary school to retirees. We were also able to collect hearts for the big Heart of Hearts from participants from around the USA and from UK and Europe.
We made a giant Heart from 9' x9' paper in a team competition.
Family FUN at the Headley-Whitney Museum on Saturday, July 30th, 1-3 pm.
We created a group collaborative art work for display in the special exhibit Sense of Touch after experiencing the exhibits and learning our KidsArt4Hearts origami hearts.