Mount Sinai Hospital, 05/17/11

We had a fantastic time at our first event with the very talented kids of Mount Sinai!  They were all eager to learn how to draw and we were very impressed by how much they progressed in just an hour and a half.  Keep it up, kids!  Thanks to artists, Sal AmendolaPedro DelgadoOded Naaman and Elizabeth Winter.  We look forward to many more good times ahead here.  (Photos of the kids aren’t cleared yet, we hope to post some next time.)

IWF Pen Pals Program Begins!  05/09/11

We are very happy to announce the start of the IWF Pencil Pals Program, where we connect artists with children who are not physically able to come to our events.  We begin with a 12 year-old girl named, Sydney Becker, who was diagnosed with osteosarcoma in late 2010.  Sydney is now dealing with chemotherapy and all the challenges it brings with incredible strength and grace, starting a daily blog and working with her family to raise funds for pediatric cancer research.

When Sydney told us her favorite character was SpongeBob SquarePants, our great friend and Futurama artist, Joseph Scott, got right on the case, connecting us with the very talented SpongeBob artist, Monica Tomova.  Monica made two drawings for Sydney and wrote her a letter too.  Sydney says the drawings “made my day” and that she “can’t wait to hang them up!”  Thank you Joseph and Monica for giving this program such an incredible start and and thank you to Sydney whose bravery and positive attitude is an inspiration.

March of Dimes “March for Babies” 05/01/11

We had a blast face painting and caricature drawing at the March of Dimes “March for Babies” finish line.  This event supports programs and research to fight infant illness and promote healthy pregnancies.  Thank you Ray Alma, Joyce Pedretti, Karrie Witkin, and Elizabeth Winter for volunteering.