Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa’s (GSGI) inaugural Virtual Art Show, offered to Girl Scouts of all ages across Greater Iowa, takes place this month. The show is made possible due to grant funding from the Iowa Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts.
“The virtual art show is a way for girls to show their art that they’ve created, and a way for us to celebrate that art,” said Kate Kimple, Girl Experience Manager.
Earlier this spring, Girl Scouts were encouraged to submit visual art pieces that fit the 2021 theme, “Make the World a Better Place”. Five local female artists then reviewed all submissions, judging based on creativity and originality, technique, and interpretation of the theme. All participating artists received a certificate for participating, and the top 10 selected art submissions were selected as “outstanding” and awarded a prize of art supplies.
“We’ve had a really good response to it. We had about 150 submissions and I love seeing the wide variety of types of art – photography, drawings, paintings, watercolor. It’s been awesome to see a lot of people really excited about it,” said Kimple.
In addition to the Virtual Art Show, the grant provided funding for art programming. Discover Boxes – a mailed to home activity kit - were a quick adaptation in 2020 to provide a Girl Scout experience from home. One of the Discover Boxes centered around art, all in part to the grant. GSGI’s Outreach Programming also participated in art programming, as Kimple visited troops to facilitate a watercolor mural collaboration.
“[Within girl programming], we have a lot of emphasis on STEM, which is great and really important. But every job that [Girl Scouts] can have will benefit from having an art background as well. Creativity and imagination that you develop by exploring art will help you in any job that you’re in,” said Kimple, which is why she’s so passionate about bringing art programming to Greater Iowa Girl Scouts.
View the projects submitted by over 150 Girl Scouts to the Virtual Art Show here.
Donate and help fund future art programming and activities here.