Over 100 children, caretakers and family members joined our We Are A Work of Art: Health + Wellbeing Jamboree on February 19 for a day of self-care and community wellness, with free activities, children’s books and healthy snacks for the whole family! Hosted in the gardens of Lewis Latimer House Museum in Flushing, Queens, our Wellbeing Jamboree included art-making led by public school teacher Bianca Allen, a movement activation by Baba OluDaré, and information on other activities to inspire restorative healing practices in English, Spanish and Chinese Welcome Toolkits. We also arranged for a NYC vaccine van to be on hand, offering Covid-19 testing and vaccinations to interested parties. Museum staff also hosted tours of the house museum for participants to learn about the life and legacy of Black American inventor Lewis Latimer.
One parent shared, “I’m glad I came out with my son. He really needed this space to be able to use his energy in a safe, outdoor area and to have these arts opportunities. His school doesn’t have trips and outings anymore, so I’m happy he can enjoy himself with other children here. Let me know when is the next Cool Culture event, I’ll take a cab there if I have to!”