UTICA – Thanks to the proceeds raised from the sale of the Utica Love Coloring Book, the HomeOwnershipCenter (HOC) in partnership with BB Designs and STEAMworks Ability Lab will be hosting a series of free, fun and educational summer events at the Empowerment Center located on 230 James St. in Utica.

Two years ago, Angela Johnson, owner of BB Designs, teamed up with the HOC to collectively come up with creative ways to incorporate art into the community and bring life to the Empowerment Center. By bringing together 20 local artists and 20 local businesses, the Utica Love Coloring Book was born. However, this isn’t just a coloring book. The Utica Love Team wanted to be able to give something more to the community. Through the sale of these one-of-a-kind books, free art programming for youth will now be available this summer!

 “Get Messy” July 17th from 12pm-2pm: Experience various forms of splatter paint techniques

“Print Party” July 31st from 12pm-2pm: Create your own paint prints and solar prints

“’Tie-Dye Day” August 14th from 12pm-2pm: Create all things tie-dye and your own optical illusions

“Family Art Show” August 28th from 4pm-6pm: Show your family all of your awesome creations and enjoy an ice cream social!

Each day will include light refreshments and snacks.  Richelle Maki, owner of STEAMworks Ability Lab, will also be leading various hands on building and educational activities during each event.

Since the inception of the Utica Love Coloring Book, various art shows and community events have been held to spread the Utica Love and raise the necessary funds to create a FREE, fun and educational summer series for our  youth at the Empowerment Center. For more information, please contact the HomeOwnershipCenter at (315)724-4197, check out the Utica Love Coloring Book Facebook page or visit www.UNHS.org .

Chartered in 1979 by NeighborWorks America, the HomeOwnershipCenter promotes housing and community development through programs such as Homebuyer Education and Financial Coaching, housing rehabilitation, and foreclosure prevention.  The HOC provides services to residents in Oneida, Herkimer, Madison, Fulton, Otsego and Montgomery counties.

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