It was a beautiful Saturday, and we could not be more grateful for all the volunteers who supported our efforts to help beautify the Illinois Center For Rehabilitation and Education-Roosevelt during the second AFH Outreach Day this year. The hand-built flower boxes, custom painted birdhouses and flower pots, solar lights, and planted flowers have added a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of Chicago for the ICRE students.
The mural was also a huge success. Generous volunteers, including several wonderful students from Hancock College Prep. High School, made AFH president Michael Trulis’ design come to life.
The mural, which was titled after Rosa Parks’ mugshot number, portrays various other inspirational African American figures including Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Gwendolyn Brooks, President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Derrick Rose, and Buddy Guy.
Click below and watch the two day project unfold in two minutes.
Artists For Harmony is making a special Saturday visit to the Illinois Center for Rehabilitation and Education – Roosevelt (ICRE-R) on Saturday May 18th at 11am as part of our AFH Outreach Program. ICRE-R is a state funded facility where young people dealing with physical and/or mental disabilities both live in and are taught classes. ICRE-R lacks the funding to improve their facilities so that is where AFH Outreach comes in.
We will be working on two different projects.
1. Mural – AFH President Michael Trulis has designed a mural which will be sketched out on a hallway inside the ICRE facility. Volunteers will help turn the charcoal outline into a work of art. No painting experience is necessary, but some coloring book experience is recommended.
2. Backyard Improvements – We will be building planter boxes, planting flowers and trees and doing general cleanup in their backyard area. No prior knowledge of building or gardening is necessary. Knowing what a hammer is might help.
This is Artists For Harmony’s second trip in as many years to the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago as part of the Meals From The Heart program, but our first to the new state of the art facility.
Our April Fools-themed menu, prepared by volunteer coordinator Jason Thorn, included meatloaf and mash potato “cupcakes” as well as angel food cake and frosting disguised as grilled cheese sandwiches for dessert. After dinner, the families enjoyed a few more tricks performed by Jeremy Pitt-Payne: “The Magician from Britain”. It was a terrific evening, and a huge thank you to all the volunteers who made it possible!
Artists For Harmony will once again be creating a delicious April Fools-themed dinner for the families staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Chicago on Monday, April 1st. Last year was an amazing experience for all our volunteers, and we are extremely excited to spend the evening with so many great people.
On Saturday, November 17th at 6pm, Artists for Harmony will host its 5th Annual Wine Tasting and Art Gala at the beautiful Columbia Yacht Club in Chicago. On display will be fine art from some of Chicago’s own up and coming talent, along with a silent auction and raffle. All of the art and auction items featured make great gifts, and can usually be obtained at bargain prices. All of this in one of the most unique and scenic locations in downtown Chicago: The Columbia Yacht Club, with all proceeds benefiting high need schools in the Chicago area.
Ticket Price Includes:
-Wine Tasting courtesy of Wirtz Beverage Group
-Complimentary 312 beer
-Exquisite Hors d’oeuvres
-Access to the private Columbia Yacht Club
-Visual Artistic Delights!
-AMAZING Raffle and Silent Auction Opportunites (see below)
$5 Raffle Ticket Grand Prize: APPLE IPAD!
Many other gift certificates and items for runner up raffle prizes
Raffle Tickets will be 1 ticket for $5, 5 for $20, 30 for $100
Silent Auction and Raffle Items:
-Walt Disney World Park Hopper Passes
-Jet Ski Rental courtesy of Chicago Jet Ski Rentals
-Second City and UP Comedy Club passes
-Comedy Sportz Tickets and Improv Class
-Private Sailing Lesson/Outing at Columbia Yacht Club
-Chicago Bears, Cubs, Bulls and Sox Ultimate Gift Baskets (signed memorabilia, apparel, trinkets)
-$300 gift card to The Underground
-Chicago Architecture Foundation tour
-Chicago Wolves and Kane County Cougars Tickets
-Gift Cards/Certificates from:
US Bank, Lou Malnati’s Pizzeria, Maggiano’s Little Italy, Rosebud, Feast Restaurant and Bar, Chicago Cut Steak House, The Whitehall Hotel and more!
Artists For Harmony is proud to start another great year working with the wonderful students of the Illinois Center For Rehabilitation and Education-Roosevelt. Click here, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information on volunteering. Hope to see you there!
Artists For Harmony has teamed up with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee to spend a day creating art with their courageous patients.
Continuing our mission of providing everyone with a creative outlet, we are honored to have received this once in a lifetime opportunity to see the world through the eyes of these amazing children.
“The mission of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is to advance cures, and means of prevention, for pediatric catastrophic diseases through research and treatment. Consistent with the vision of our founder Danny Thomas, no child is denied treatment based on race, religion or a family’s ability to pay.”
Join us as we hit the links for a beautiful day at Odyssey Country Club on Sunday, September 16th starting at 1pm. Tickets are $100 and include 18 holes of premium golf, an all you can eat barbecue, and lots of other prizes!
Coming from the city? Join us at Suite Lounge as we take a charter bus to the event including cocktails and other entertainment. If you’re not much of a golfer, please join us for the ride, and receive $75 in tokens good at Odyssey Fun World!
Thank you for making our evening at 2 Sparrows such a wonderful event! Matthew Santos practically blew the roof off with his amazing talents, and we couldn’t appreciate your support more. Stay tuned for more local art and music events coming soon!
Artists For Harmony was excited to attend the grand opening of the ICRE Art & Technology Room. Nearly two years in the making, everyone involved was so proud to see the transformation. As an added bonus, Artists For Harmony humbly accepted two surprise awards for our contributions. Thanks ICRE!