The Backyard EXPERIENCE awarded $2000 from Rotary Club Schaumburg/ Hoffman Estates Charitable Grant

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the backyard EXPERIENCE and Rotary Members
the backyard EXPERIENCE and Rotary Members
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. - May 22, 2018 - PRLog -- The Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Rotary Club has generously awarded a Community Project Grant to the Backyard EXPERIENCE and Chuck Jones Center for Creativity to add An ACME Creative Cart to the second-floor family waiting room at Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital. The project includes the installation of the ACME Creativity Cart to bring a mobile art experience of interactive creative time like drawing, paper sculpture, painting, flip book making and more to young patients.

The new Alexian Brothers Women and Children's Hospital in Hoffman Estates opened five years ago, providing state-of-the-art, kid-friendly local access to a full range of specialty care for pediatric patients, their parents, siblings and support network. Among the many donations to the building was a $250,000 gift from the Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Rotary Club to create the second-floor family room. The club's commitment to supporting families and children in our community spans 5 decades, and expands to serve more people in need, every year. To further their mission this year, they chose to invest grant money in the ACME Creativity Cart.

"We are passionate about the healing effects of art, and seek to improve the well being of children during their stay in the hospital." says Ben Olson, Chairman of the Backyard EXPERIENCE. "With this project, Rotary can work together with our volunteer artists and use art for healing, to empower, encourage, and create memorable experiences."

For children in a hospital, creating art during their experience can be therapeutic and healing. The ACME Creativity Cart and Creativity Kits provide an outlet for young patients to explore their imagination and creativity as a way to reduce stress, and to take their mind off their treatment. Children will get to pick from a variety of creative activities to work on with our volunteers over the course of about 30 min. The goal is spending time with the child bringing their focus to creating and using their imagination.

"Our heartfelt appreciation and thanks goes out to the Rotary Club of Schaumburg, Hoffman Estates, for providing funding to support and place the Acme Chuck Jones Creative Cart in the Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital of Hoffman Estates. Once installed at the Hospital, the Acme Chuck Jones Creative Cart will provide stress-reducing activities for children at the hospital, their siblings, and offer a respite for their parents, all through the universal language of creative expression." -- Craig Kausen, Chairman of the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity

About Rotary Club Schaumburg/ Hoffman Estates Charitable Foundation

The Rotary Club of Schaumburg-Hoffman Estates Charitable Foundation has worked hard to raise $30,000 through yearlong fundraising efforts. Now we would like to award community grants to not- for-profit organizations, which are either located within or serve the citizens of Schaumburg and/or Hoffman Estates, Illinois. Each year we provide these grants in an effort to strengthen our network of support, addressing basic needs and empowering those in need in our community. For more information

About Chuck Jones Center for Creativity Chicagoland

The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity, a 501(c)3 public charity based in Orange County, CA. Chuck Jones was a creative genius who gave life to Road Runner, Wile E. Coyote and Bugs Bunny along with over 300 animated films.  The Center, which Jones founded in 1999, is an organization that fosters and teaches creative thinking—the thinking behind problem solving.

It's a fact that "creativity" is like a muscle in your brain that needs exercise in order to get and stay healthy. The stronger that muscle is, the better it works in engaging tasks and solving problems. The Center serves as a gymnasium for the brain.

The Center works with disadvantaged youth, school systems without arts programs, people on the autism spectrum, the elderly (many of whom suffer from early onset dementia), and other groups, including corporate clients, who see the value of pumping up creativity in their ranks. For more information on the workshops call 630-283-3621.

About The Backyard EXPERIENCE

The Backyard EXPERIENCE is a 501(c)3 non-profit where we believe IMAGINATION & CREATIVITY can accomplish anything and LISTENING & COLLABORATION will lead to better solutions. The result of doing what we love professionally gives us the opportunity to infuse the arts back into the community with our non-profit. Our simple mission: "Inspire imagination & creativity in children of all ages to push past their barriers."​Teach and mentor art/design students, open a gallery, volunteer at and sponsor multiple creative events. We will work with education, healthcare, special needs and community to give back.

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