Wellington Art Society Continues Community Outreach Through Arts Education, Enrichment

Care packages are delivered to Ella’s Closet in Belle Glade.

The Wellington Art Society is continuing with its commitment to support the local community through arts education and enrichment. In adherence to the guidelines from the Centers of Disease Control & Prevention, as well as local and state authorities, society members have used this time to bring the joy of arts to children, young adults and their families, in addition to the community of Wellington and surrounding regions.

Recently the Wellington Art Society announced two art scholarship winners, Jillian Tarini from the Dreyfoos School of the Arts and Keyi Che from the King’s Academy. Each year, society members and Scholarship Chair Lynn Doyal review application submissions from art students at local high schools and universities. Out of this year’s submissions, Tarini and Che were selected due to excellence in arts and academics, as well as artist career goals.

“It’s an honor and privilege to support the talent of new artists. WAS scholarships encourage and validate these young creatives, affirming that their talent is recognized and appreciated. Although we did not have the formal ceremony this year for our scholarship winners, we’re hoping that we can arrange something in the fall,” Doyal said.

In addition to awarding scholarships, Wellington Art Society members, at the direction of President Carolina King, assembled care packages for local children. These packages included coloring books, crayons, puzzles, outdoor games and snacks. They were delivered to Family Promise of North/Central Palm Beach County, the Guatemalan-Maya Center in Lake Worth and Ella’s Closet in Belle Glade.

“This outreach program is a true community effort, and I’m beyond thankful to everyone who has helped us to bring smiles to children’s faces this year, and especially during the last few months,” King said.

Care packages continue to be sent to children receiving medical treatment at Palms West Hospital. For more than a year now, Wellington Art Society members have been visiting with children and their families at the hospital. These visitations, however, have been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Through these challenging times, the Wellington Art Society continues to serve its members and the local community. During their regular summer break in June, July and August, members continue to stay connected through social media by sharing encouragement, creativity and community outreach projects.

For more information about the Wellington Art Society, visit www.wellingtonartsociety.org.