Local artist gives away free art kits to students

Local artist, Jessie Mercer, is giving away 1000 art kits to students on the ridge amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Posted: Apr 6, 2020 7:09 PM
Updated: Apr 6, 2020 7:53 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif.- A local artist is helping kids on the ridge get creative while they are stuck at home during the coronavirus outbreak.

Jessie Mercer, who is well-known for her phoenix keys sculpture in Paradise, is putting together 1000 art kits for students on the ridge.

"I call them, 'You Matter Bags' and they have different supplies like scissors, glue, markers, foam and a journal and envelope so they can write a letter to themselves and then read it back later and encourage themselves to move forward," Mercer said.

Through her YouTube channel, Mercer also offers art lessons, self-care activities and fun, healthy indoor activity ideas for the whole family.

As of right now, the kits are being distributed at specific schools in Paradise and Magalia, but Mercer says she hopes to expand the project outside of the ridge, in the near future.

Mercer put all of the kits together herself, she says everything she is giving away is safe and sterilized. 

The next giveaway will take place Tuesday at Pineridge Elementary School from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

If you'd like to donate, CLICK HERE. 

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