Community Service Update

At The Messy Artist, we believe in giving back to the community. Our lives are touched in a positive way by every student and family that we meet, and we want to honor that by paying it forward to make a difference in the world.

We have two upcoming community service events that we are excited to announce: an art supply drive to benefit Goryeb Children’s Hospital, and a craft table we are hosting at the Garden State Good Cookies 4th Annual Family Fun Day.

messy artist cookies for kids crafts
Garden State Good Cookies
Goryeb Children's Hospital
Goryeb Children’s Hospital

We got the idea for the art supply drive when we contacted the Goryeb Children’s Hospital to see if they would like us to donate some of our kids artwork and cards for their walls. When they told us that most of their art was created by their patients, the idea for an art supply drive was born.  We know how important it is for children to express themselves through art, and this would be a perfect way to provide tools for the kids to make art while in the hospital.

Goryeb Children's Hospital
Goryeb Children’s Hospital

To get the ball rolling, our students pitched in and decorated this box to collect the donations.  They loved decorating it so much that they painted over and over it – this box may have ten layers of paint!  It will be in our entryway to collect contributions.fine art class and parties kids art goryeb hospital art class nj children community serivce goryeb

Please join us in donating new, unused art supplies that we will deliver to the Hospital at the end of the drive.  Canvas, paint, model magic, and brushes are some of the things suggested – or anything you think of would be appreciated.  We will be donating art supplies, and hope you will too!

Children’s Art Supply Drive to benefit Goryeb Children’s Hospital
The Messy Artist
356 Route 10 West, East Hanover, NJ
March 15 – April 15

Continuing our commitment to helping kids, we are also partnering with Garden State Good Cookies by hosting a craft table on May 10 at their 4th Annual Family Fun Day.

Garden State Good Cookies Annual Family Fun Day
Garden State Good Cookies Annual Family Fun Day

Their events are lots of fun for a great cause, with many activities for kids and of course, lots of cookies. Featured at the free event will be face painting, djs, children’s entertainment and giveaways. We’ll have special Messy Artist crafts for kids to enjoy, so please stop by and say hello. All proceeds support Cookies for Kids’ Cancer, a national charity, whose mission is to find more effective  and safer treatments for children with  cancer.  Garden State Good Cookies has raised over $30,000 in support of this charity.

Garden State Good Cookies Family Fun Day
Garden State Good Cookies Family Fun Day

4th Annual Family Fun Day
Saturday, May 10
10-2 pm; rain or shine
Bauer Community Center in Taylor Park, Millburn.
The event is open to the general public, and admission is free.
For more information:

Other recent community service events since we moved to our East Hanover location have been:

Children’s Book Drive in Conjunction with Bridge of Books

Blood Drive in Conjunction with the Red Cross

Smiles for Savannah, a Fundraiser for Nephcure



Author: hellokidsart

The Messy Artist is a special place to create art. We offer year-round art classes for children 18 months through adulthood. In addition to art classes from September through June, we offer summer art camp and Drop-In and Play art activities for kids between our regular sessions. Our bright, colorful studio is also the perfect place for a kid’s birthday party! The Messy Artist children’s art center was created and designed by Owner/Director Donna Bernstein, a professional educator and artist. The curriculum is inspired and guided by Donna’s teaching experience and research in child development, as well as her passion for art. At The Messy Artist, art lessons for kids entertain and enrich their brains, bodies, and hearts.

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