La Conner, WA.
The Museum of Northwest Art is thrilled to announce the completion of a multi-year project to promote literacy in underserved populations, donating over 2,000 books between 2016 and 2017, and over 4,000 books since 2009.
Produced in conjunction with Ginny Ruffner’s exhibit The Imagination Cycle, which was displayed in the museum in 2008, a children’s pop-up book of the same title was created by Ruffner and designed by Bruce Foster. The garden of the mind grows and flourishes as you look through the undulating designs and green spaces that literally pop off the page. The book is a celebration of the imagination and invites the reader to think impossible thoughts and wonder impossible wonderings.
While some books were given to museum members and others made available in the museum store, most significantly, the books were gifted and donated to organizations where they would make their ways into the hands of children in need. Among those who received donations were the Skagit Valley Hospital Children’s Therapy Center, the United Way of Snohomish County’s early literary outreach program, the Skagit Valley YMCA’s Youth and Family Programs department and the Anacortes Family Center. Books were also offered at Skagit Valley Farmers Markets in conjunction with the “Farmers Market Flash” program, a program that promotes that both seniors and families with children receiving assistance through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can attend and purchase wholesome food at affordable rates.
The final donation of books will occur on Monday, April 17th to the PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center. Through their “Reach Out and Read” program, each patient in the pediatrics department receives a new book during their stay.
Other projects and organizations to receive books included: the Skagit Herald Christmas fund, the Everett Gospel Mission’s program for lowincome and homeless families, local libraries, the Children’s Museum of Skagit County early learning program, the Skagit Preschool and Resource Center, the Brigid Collins House, the Skagit Parent to Parent program and Youthnet.
La Conner, WA.