The Art Garden To-Go is offering another round of Art-In-A-Box prompts and supplies for children’s art-making

December’s weekly boxes for children will be available for pickup
from The Art Garden’s porch, starting December 2

Each weekly box contains

  • prompts with art supplies for exploring those prompts
  • ideas, notes and guidance for parent/guardians
  • a few surprises

The traditional and non-traditional art supplies could be

  • gently used prior to the pandemic,
  • re-purposed,
  • donated by community members,
  • and/or purchased for specific activities

This is 6 year old Eóghan with the squid he imagined, sewed (for the first time!)
and stuffed, using the supplies from one of his November Art-In-A-Boxes.

Art and frame created by Elias with Art-In-A-Box supplies.

To register for 4 weekly Art-In-A-Boxes in December,
please email csartgarden@gmail.com.

The suggested pay-what-you-can fee for 4 weekly boxes is $50.

Because the pandemic has impacted so many of us financially, we want to emphasize that pay-what-you-can really means that, especially if any kind of payment would present an added hardship.

Boxes will be available for pick-up from The Art Garden’s porch on Wednesdays between 3pm – 5pm (or by appointment.)

Art-In-A-Box is being offered as a pay-what-you-can initiative
thanks to generous donations from community members
and a grant from the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

Be A #RiverWitness!

This year, due to the pandemic, the Connecticut River Conservancy’s
Source to Sea Cleanup will take place throughout the month of September. Being a #RiverWitness can help support the Cleanup!


photoshop image created by Jane Beatrice Wegscheider


#RiverWitness is a way to protect and connect with our rivers.



#RiverWitness brings us together in taking action for and showing appreciation of our rivers, despite the need to be socially distant this year.


#RiverWitness art created by Hazel, age 8


You can use the #RiverWitness hashtag on social media to share your creativity inspired by the rivers you care about. What are you seeing in and along your rivers? How does it make you feel?


Photo and haiku by Jane Beatrice Wegscheider


Post your river photos, stories, artwork, poems and videos 
and tag the Connecticut River Conservancy
to help support their work advocating for our rivers.


#RiverWitness illustration created by Micah Goldstein


You can also use the #RiverWitness hashtag when you post on social media about helping to clean up trash in and along our rivers:


Photo and Tweet by Samantha Wood


“This is some people seen from above taking trash out of the river so the fish swimming in the river will have a cleaner place to live.”           — Emma, age 7



#RiverWitness posts will be shared by the Connecticut River Conservancy to a wider river community. Select images will be used to call on decision-makers to enact trash solutions to keep trash out of our rivers. Posted images will also be used to create a digital mosaic.

For more information and to find out how to get started,
visit the CRC’s website!

And check out their FacebookInstagram, and Twitter.



If you are not on social media, you can share your #RiverWitness images through the CRC’s #RiverWitness webpage.
Scroll down to the bottom of their page to upload your images.



You can also sign up here to participate in the Source to Sea Cleanup.



#RiverWitness is a Collaborative Community Art Response Team (CCART) project developed by The Art Garden’s Laura Iveson and Jane Wegscheider and Greenfield artist Samantha Wood in collaboration with the Connecticut River Conservancy.
CCART is supported by a grant awarded by The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts with funding from the Barr Foundation.