Starting in the fall semester of 2011, six St. Bonaventure pre-med students gathered at the Quick Center every Friday to plan this year’s Art from the Heart. Simone, Priyanka, Heju, Mehak, Angeline, and Neha focused on healthy foods, nutrition, and exercise and created a program for fourth-grade students, encouraging healthy eating habits and exercise.
The six interns went into East View Elementary’s fourth-grade class to give a fun (and tasty) presentation about healthy foods, exercise, and the effects of unhealthy food on our bodies. Children were given an assignment: To create healthy snack recipes to share with their fellow classmates.
Miranda Armagost, education assistant at the Quick Center, visited the East View classroom to give weekly art lessons in still-life, using fruits and vegetables, in the styles of Kandinsky, Monet, and Andy Warhol, to name a few. The artwork was then framed and put on display in the Mezzanine of the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University.
On Friday, March 25, the children went to the Warming House for a presentation and healthy snack, given by the Warming House's SBU student volunteers. Fourth-graders toured the Warming House, assisted in making a healthy dessert for the patrons, and presented the Warming
House with some of their artwork. The children wanted to walk, as exercise is now part of the food pyramid, but Western New York weather made a bus ride necessary.
On Monday, March 28, at 6:30 p.m., the Art from the Heart Silent Auction began with presentations given by Nick Goodell and Larry Sorokes of the Warming House followed by a presentation about healthy eating habits by SBU pre-med students. Artwork created by SBU students and fourth-graders was auctioned off to the highest bidder, raising more than $1,100 for the Warming House.