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I hope you enjoy this recap of our success in 2010, none of which 'Would be possible without the generous contributions of our sponsors, members and donors. These articles appeared throughout the year in our stewardship blog, a new feature at www.powellgardens.werdpress.corn. Please sign up for updates.
Wishing you a safe and prosperous New Year!
- Eric Tschanz, President and Executive Director
Missouri Arts Council Funds 2010-2011 Art Exhibits at Powell Gardens
Originally posted on the Powell Gardens Blog; September 7, 2010
We thank the Missouri Art Council for funding our large sculpture installations Big Bugs in 2010 and Jurassic Garden in 20U! Our exhibits are not only beautiful and interesting but they also spark creativity and a lasting appreciation for art.
The Missouri Arts Council - as public leader, partner and catalyst - is dedicated to broadening the appreciation and availability of the arts in the state and fostering the diversity, vitality and excellence of Missouri's communities, economy and cultural heritage.
We cannot show these educational art installations without the help of our generous donors and sponsors.
Comments from visitors:
'~ living opportunity for all ages! Thank you!" -BDSisney
"I was moved to tears and grins." - Jack Newson
Watch for the return of Jurassic Garden May 1
"Love the plant art. Wonderfully creative and inspirational." - Chris Juqh, Monarch Watch
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Programming For Low Income Students is Crucial
In 2010, Bank of America Foundation provided a grant in the amount of $10,000 to provide programming for children who attend schools documented to serve low-to-moderate income eLMI) students. In order to be considered LMI, a school must have over 51% of its students on the free or reduced lunch program. Powell Gardens identified eight such schools with which we have relationships.
Officials at Bank of America agreed a grant would cover the actual cost of putting a child through the program, not just the $3.00 admission that is typically charged for field trips.
The result, a grant in the amount of $10,000 provided programming to 231 children. Powell Gardens is grateful for this funding and pleased that the schools targeted were able to provide transportation for the students. All available slots were reserved quickly and more children would have been served if more funds were available. Half of the children were first graders, the rest were in second through fourth grades.
The children participated in a program called How Plants Grow where they learned why plants are vital to all life on Earth, what inputs plants need to grow, and the function of each part of a plant. Each student experienced planting something in the Heartland Harvest Garden, harvesting food from the ground, and
tasting fresh fruits and vegetables in the garden.
Here is a summary of evaluation results provided by the students:
• Did you try a sample of a fresh fruit or vegetable from Powell Gardens?
• Has your field trip to Powell Gardens changed the way you think about fresh fruits and vegetables?
• Are you more or less likely to try fresh produce after your field trip to Powell Gardens?
More Likely: 86%
• Do you like learning science in school?
• Did you learn something today you could do at home or at school?
• Did you learn something at Powell Gardens you can teach a friend or family member?
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Shuttle Service from KC Provides Green Link
Once again this year we provided a free shuttle service from our sister garden, The Kauffman Memorial Garden, in the heart of Kansas City. On nine key weekends, you could ride to Powell Gardens for free. And 332 people did!
We do not receive any ongoing public taxpayer funds.
In every instance where we provide a service, a network of giving individuals makes it all possible. The shuttle is no exception. Our two donors who stepped up to make this year's shuttle possible blow us away with their generosity!
Who rides the shuttle?
Some are struggling under the weight of the economy. Some are elderly and want to relax as they enjoy the passing terrain rather than struggle with traffic. Some think it's a fun way to be green, meeting other friends and finding adventure.
No matter the reason, we think it's another way Powell Gardens extends the love of
nature, gardening and healthy lifestyles with our neighbors. This season was one of our best years as interest and demand has grown. On many weekends, we added buses to keep up with demand!
One group is The Shepherd's Center of KC Central who told us:
"Many of the older adults that attend the Adventures of Learning program offered at the Shepherd's Center Central are on a fixed income and have limited resources and/or transportation issues. This group of people truly erdoys learning and experiencing new things and greatly benefit from this wonderful offer."
The Singles for Christ Ministry at Wabash Avenue Church of God told us this:
"Our singles group consists of men and women, mostly single moms. The majority of our group really strugg les just to make ends meet and do not always have the funds to attend events. It is
a wonderful experience for them to see andfeel the wonderment of Powell Gardens."
We are lucky to have a partnership with EITASDevelopment Disability Services of Jackson Countyanother not-far-profit. While they are busy throughout the week moving the disabled around KC, their buses are largely idle during the weekend. Because of this, they provide their service at a substantial discount to Powell Gardens, which works as another important partnership in the delivery of services.
Thank you to all our partners, especially our donors, who realize that their treasure, entrusted in our hands, helps our neighbors. It's our special privilege to translate that generosity into good works.
Excerpt from original post; Powell Gardens Blog; November 2,2010
Future gift recognizes Powell Gardens as a place for both solace and celebration
For volunteer Mary Ann Cox, the changing seasons at Powell Gardens have served as a backdrop for the changing seasons in her own life.
Mary Ann and husband Frank Mohesky visited Powell Gardens together often over the years. After a brain tumor suddenly took his life in 1999, the Gardens became a place for Mary Ann to seek solace through long walks and writing in her journal.
"It gave me such peace and I knew everything would be OK," she said. "It almost feels like someone's put their arms around me when I'm out here."
It is important to Mary Ann to keep her husband's memory alive. She dedicated a brick in the Heartland Harvest Garden to him and supports scholarships in his honor.
In 2007, Mary Ann and Bob, a long-
time friend who also had lost his spouse, were married in the Marjorie Powell Allen ChapeL With Powell Gardens playing such a big role in Mary Ann's life, she has chosen to include a donation to the Gardens in her will and to further support the
Gardens with her time and talents. The Overland Park resident volunteers weekly in Powell Gardens' greenhouses and in the summer she is a tour guide and works in the butterfly garden.
"I just had to give back," Mary Ann said.
Please remember Powell Gardens in your estate plans.
Contact the development office to discuss: 816-697-2600 ext. 238
Michelle Obama Inspires Excellence at Powell Gardens
Many of you probably paused to consider Michelle Obama's message on childhood obesity as she spoke to the attendees of the NAACP rally right here in Kansas City last summer. The First Lady's initiative Let's Move! Has been her signature issue since her husband took office.
The attention she directs to this important issue has caused the rest of America, perhaps the globe, to sit up and take notice.
Powell Gardens' staff and volunteers found inspiration in her speech as they noticed a link between the work here in the gardens and the First Lady's message sparking concern for our children's health. The issue isn't political. It isn't a passing fad.
Concerned parents, teachers and opinion leaders are finding common ground in promoting a healthy lifestyle, especially in our youth. Here at Powell Gardens, we recently completed a part of our vision for this
movement-we are working hard to do our part.
The Heartland Harvest Garden, boasting 12 acres of fruits and vegetables, is the nation's largest edible landscape and the newest jewel in the crown of our ever-expanding garden. With years of capital campaign leading up to the installation, the final piece in this ground-breaking puzzle was put into place.
And with it, a small celebratory crowd gathered. We want to extend an especially sweet thank you for the commitments made to the Youth Education Building designed and devoted to our youth.
Why are we so proud of the Youth Education Building? Our endeavors to engage children in hands-on education about where their food comes from is proven to help kids make healthy choices. This classroom space helps facilitate our message and is the epicenter for childhood learning in our garden.
Who joins us in this mission? We are partnering with government, communities, schools and families in accomplishing this task. The studies have been done, the evidence is in place ... but where in the world can you get kids to exercise down paths of self-discovery laden with fresh fruits and vegetables? One place ... Powell Gardens.
AileyCamp and Powell Gardens Illustrate the Power of Partnerships
Originally posted on the Powell Gardens Blog; July 21, 2010
"1 will not use the word 'can't' to define roy possibilities."
- AileyCamp Daily Affirmation
A recent summer day dawned bright with possibility. For 100 children from both the Missouri and Kansas inner city, the parting showers and heavy sunshine were just the welcome they needed to take a break from their inner city neighborhoods. The leaders of their summer camp, Ailey-
Camp, loaded big yellow buses to bring their young pupils out to the Powell Gardens countryside for a crash course in self discovery.
Aileyflamp is now nationwide with programs targeting children with academic, social and domestic challenges from California to Florida. However, AileyCamp originated right here in Kansas City and boasts a rich history beginning in 1998.
The K.C. chapter of Friends of Alvin Ailey created AileyCamp with the following goal in mind: it does not serve as a training ground for professional dancers but rather uses dance as a vehicle for developing self-esteem, self-discipline, creative expression and critical thinking skills.
The day begins with a selfaffirmation which focuses attention on the positive, self-control that each member can exercise to mount each day.
Powell Gardens loves the opportunity to partner with like-minded service groups whose primary mission is to educate and enhance, especially children, whose lives can change as a result of discovery. Here in the Heartland Harvest Garden, hands-on opportunities allow visitors to touch, taste and experiment with healthy foods and growing practices that can enhance a life for years to come.
The campers delighted in the over 12 acres offresh food and vegetables, stopping to touch and identify, even taste what can be produced in soil just like theirs at
home. In fact, it was difficult to deter them from tasting - a most excellent problem to have!
We know that Powell Gardens makes a difference in education and healthful
lifestyles - we see it each day. We also know it isn't possible to partner with these groups without the generous support of our Friends members, donors and corporate sponsors. Thank you for your generous support!
Numbers can be telling
In 24 hours, Powell Gardens gained over 800 new members from an offer on Groupon.corn,
Later in the year, a challenge grant from the John C. Griswold Foundation helped over 1,600 new members join at half price thanks to the Foundation's offer to pick up the other half.
We are now at an alltime high! Member households at the end of 2010 total 5,5501
Thank you members!
Special thanks to the John C. Griswold Foundationfor their philanthropic contribution.
Powell Gardens offers Schoolyard Gardening Program to Teachers with KC Community Gardens
On Saturday, September 18th, Powell Gardens hosted a series of workshops for 68 teachers interested in school yard gardens. Educators carne from as far away as Lawrence, Kansas, and Jefferson City, Missouri, as wen as many from the Kansas City area who work with Kansas City Community Gardens.
We are excited to offer more classes in 2011 in partnership with Kansas City Community Gardens. It's a natural pairing between two organizations that bring further understanding to the importance of plants in our lives.
Kansas City Community Gardens' Schoolyard Gardens program promotes food gardens in schools. In this program students
Save the dates!
Under a Blue Moon Garden Party and Rare Plant Auction
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Under a Harvest Moon, a Farm to Table Dinner in the Heartland Harvest Garden
Sunday, September 25,2011
have the opportunity to:
• Develop gardening skills by planting and maintaining food crops in an outdoor garden setting.
• Learn about nutrition and healthy eating habits as they taste and experiment with a variety of vegetables and fruits.
• Increase understanding of plant science and the basic concepts of plant growth through hands-on experience.
• Increase environmental awareness by learning how to garden and how people fit into the garden
Consider including us in your estate plans.
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