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Illustrator Teams Up with Bridge Kids for Mural

February 11, 2014

Art, kids and philanthropy came together for the perfect mixture on IMG_1015Saturday, February 8, when renowned illustrator Geoff Bevington collaborated with the children of Bridge Communities to create a mural for their Glendale Heights Learning Resource Center (LRC).
Bevington, who co-authored the beloved children’s story, “Steve the Dog & The Winged Tiger,” with artist and founder of Cartoonists Across the World Phil Yeh, also volunteers weekly at the Glendale Heights LRC as an activities coordinator, playing games and making crafts with the children in its safe, welcoming environment.
The inspiration for the mural originated from the families served by Bridge. “The new Bridge Communities logo, with its stick figure mom, daughter and son, got me thinking about the families at Bridge,” Bevington explains. “It’s my understanding that the families at Bridge are all, overwhelmingly, single mothers looking to better themselves—but beyond that, they come from a variety of races, creeds, religions and circumstances. For the mural, I chose a tree and a ‘suburban-like’ community populated by different animals—all families of three—united by their community. A tree and its branches can mean many things, including a strong foundation and the opportunity to grow and branch out.”
The LRCs serve as locations within Bridge’s apartment communities to provide tutoring, programming, workshops and other fun activities for the children of families in Bridge’s transitional housing program.
“The mural brings to life Bridge’s philosophy of dedication to families in warm, friendly spaces, right within the buildings where our families live,” says John Hayner, CEO of Bridge Communities. “We’re grateful to Geoff, and look forward to the collaboration with the children we serve.”

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One Comment leave one →
  1. Kathy Schmitt permalink
    February 11, 2014 2:36 pm

    Fabulous! I am so impressed with Bridge and all it has accomplished and is accomplishing. These kids are been given a gift that they will never forget. GO BRIDGE!!

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