Outreach

Annual Empty Bowls
Community Service Project
bowl project
Each January for over a decade, volunteers participate in our Spin-a-thon to create 150 soup bowls from scratch. After each bowl is wheel thrown, it dries for a period of time before another volunteer trims the bottom of the vessel in preparation for kiln firing. When the bowls are complete, student volunteers from local area schools visit the studio to learn the process of glazing and take charge of decorating all 150 bowls! When the bowls complete the second firing in a glaze kiln they are transported to Three Rivers Community College where the Annual Empty Bowls Event takes place in late April or early May! The bowls are sold at the fundraiser to support the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry in Norwich, CT.If you have the ability to create wheel thrown pottery and would like to join us in this one day adventure to make 150 bowls, please call to reserve your volunteer time slot and wheel for January 2014! 860-886-8562Not a potter? Feel free to donate cash or canned goods to this worthy cause.

Yoga in the Schools
Yoga in schoolsOur Trained Children’s Yoga Teachers offer yoga during the school day and during after school programs throughout the school year for several area schools. Children develop self esteem, community, flexibility in mind and body, communication skills, mindfulness techniques and are given permission to relax and be themselves in a safe atmosphere of peace. Contact the studio for more info or to find out how to bring Yoga into your child’s school day! 860-886-8562 or office@mkwcenter.com

After School Art
& Wellness Programs
kids after school
Our after school art programs offer children fun, creative and educational outlets outside of the school day atmosphere. They enjoy exploring all forms of art from painting, drawing, 3D sculpture, clay and more. Our studio has partnered with area schools and state grants to run after school programs addressing truancy or closing achievement gaps in addition to providing support to schools that have made cuts to their in school art programs. Art is a therapeutic way for children to express themselves and interact with their peers. We also host school groups for studio tours, demonstrations and private workshops.

Farmer’s Markets
& Community Events
markets
We often take Arts & Wellness on the road! We are market sponsors for the Bozrah Farmer’s Market & Coventry Regional Farmer’s Market and we participate in their wellness themed market events showcasing our professional wellness family and often times selling pottery. We have been invited to participate in School Health Fairs, Private business wellness days, staff appreciation days and other community outings. We always appreciate the opportunity to extend our services to the growing community.

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Annual Winter Arts
& Wellness Fair
winter fair
Join us each February for an indoor extravaganza featuring our own family of wellness professionals, free yoga classes for all ages, artisan vendors, pottery demos and more! Sample mini healing arts treatments, take your whole family to a yoga class or shop for yourself in the dead of winter! Bring a little light into what can be a hibernation time of year and enjoy the warmth of being in community.

Annual Summer Arts
& Wellness Fair
summer fair
2014 will mark the 10th Annual Summer Arts & Wellness Fair. The indoor/outdoor extravaganza features over 40 outdoor vendors, free yoga for all ages, pottery demonstrations, kids crafts, mini healing arts treatments and much more. We look for high quality artisan vendors and wellness professionals who seek to showcase their talents in a family friendly atmosphere. Registration form can be downloaded from the ‘forms’ page through our website. The fair is held the last Saturday of July, each year from 10am-4pm.

Annual Gigantic Pottery
& Gift Shop Sale
annual sale
Each November the Art Studio holds a Gigantic Pottery & Art Sale featuring the work of potter, Lyndsay Rae Meiklem and a variety of local artists. The Gift Shop is chock full of great gift ideas, stocking stuffers and unique items. Soy wax candles, locally made soap and bodycare products, maple syrup and honey, gourmet chocolates, studio and yoga clothing, books, music and DVD’s, yoga accessories and mats, pottery supplies, jewelry, wall hung art and much more! Visit us the weekend before Thanksgiving each year for this 2 day extravaganza and get all your holiday shopping done while supporting local!