Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Purposeful Art Has Purpose for Crohn's & Colitis Patients

Imani of Troop 2280 wanted to educate the community on Crohn’s Disease, an illness that directly affects her. Imani focused her Gold Award project, Purposeful Art, to facilitate therapeutic painting classes at Children’s Harbor and the North Shelby Library for Crohn’s and Colitis patients in the Birmingham Community. Imani and her team taught the patients different art forms including painting, tape painting, Japanese fans and quilting. Participants used the different mediums to have fun and be creative to help them get away from their diagnosis for a while. The artwork was presented in an art show at Children’s Harbor. Imani’s project enhanced her public speaking, organizational and marketing skills. Imani is a sophomore at Oak Mountain High School and is the daughter of George and Tampia of Birmingham.

The Gold Award is highest level of Girl Scout achievement. This award recognizes the Senior & Ambassador Girl Scout’s commitment to herself, her community, and her future. The girl who goes for the Gold embraces challenges, achieves excellence, and works diligently to make the world a better place, in her own unique way. Her leadership, vision, and boundless energy is an inspiration to all Girl Scouts. Each girl earning her Gold Award demonstrates excellence through a leadership project totaling more than 65 hours. Girls who earn their Gold Award are also recognized by the President of the United States, the U.S. Congress, the U.S. Armed Services, state legislatures, colleges and universities for admission and scholarship opportunities, and the American Legion.