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Special art project to express derecho memories will be held in Cedar Rapids



Cedar Rapids, Iowa – Friends, family, and neighbors are invited to attend a special art event in Cedar Rapids that brings together creativity and mental health awareness.

Attendants can participate in a simple art project to express emotions, reflections and memories related to the derecho.

Mental health specialists and resource and referral coordinators will be on hand at Foundation 2, Tanager Place, and the Abbe Center to speak informally with residents and answer any concerns about mental health services available in the community for both adults and children.

Community members will be given the chance to paint a design of their choice on a circular slice of wood recovered from trees lost in the derecho, either in a group or individually.

Residents will be able to take their artwork home with them; the wood, paintbrushes, and paint will be given for free.

Residents are welcome to stop by at any time for talk or to join in the art project. No registration is required.

Multiple events will be held at the following dates and locations:

  • Tuesday, August 17 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Redmond Park, 1545 3rd Ave SE
  • Thursday, August 19 | 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. | Reed Park, 618 7th Ave SW
  • Thursday, August 26 | 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. | Matthew 25 Mega Market, 437 G Ave NW
  • Monday, August 30 | 3:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. | Noelridge Park Farmer’s Market, 4900 Council Street NE (Corner of Collins Road and Council St NE)

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