We embraced the subject of bicycle safety suggested by one of our sponsors, and found ourselves challenged to create a five week program featuring surreal classroom projects and linked activities that related to both the theme and to Salvador Dalí’s work.
The program was a huge success.
Dalí Summer Art Outreach served 91 fourth and fifth grade student participants and positively impacted another 25-30 siblings and student guests. The program also touched at least 10 Rec. Center staff and 2 City Administrators as well as 5 artist instructors and numerous volunteers who were directly involved in facilitating related activities. In an effort to broaden impact, art project lesson plans were shared with six non-participating City Recreation Centers.
Dalí Safety Summer provided a positive art experience for students who rarely have a chance to visit a museum. It also provided complimentary bicycle helmets to deserving children who can now safely ride bicycles on the streets of their St. Petersburg neighborhoods thanks to the generosity of Jeeves Law Group.
Our focus on bicycle safety bolstered student awareness through participation in well-rounded fun presentations, creative art projects and a bicycle rodeo, all of which reinforced rules of the road, the importance of head gear, and defensive riding practices.
We opened the summer with an interactive Safety presentation facilitated by More Health, Inc. of Tampa, FL and closed summer activities with a bicycle rodeo and awards reception.
The final art project, ingeniously linked the artist Salvador Dalí with bicycle safety as the centerpiece of the 2017 program. The activity featured helmets donated by one of our sponsors, Jeeves Law Group. Students painted and decorated their helmets and then wore them as they participated in the Museum Bicycle Rodeo, facilitated by John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and Dalí instructors.
Rodeo fun included stations for Cross Walk, Rock Dodge, Scanning for Vehicles, Stop Signal and Slow Race. Students earned a certificate following course completion. They also had fun blowing giant bubbles and drawing graffiti with sidewalk chalk.
The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) recognized our combined efforts with a symbolic safety baton exchange between Alex Henry, representing FDOT, Levi Cotton, Esq. representing Jeeves Law Group and Tiffany Sabiel, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, representing John’s Hopkins All Children’s Hospital.
The closing reception topped out with a Museum gallery tour, an awards reception and buffet. Chick-fil-A and Earl of Sandwich Fourth Street locations generously donated sandwiches, chicken nuggets, fruit, and cookies for students and families to enjoy. All children in attendance received complimentary gift bags donated by the Dalí Museum and Jeeves Law Group. The reception featured a looping power point of weekly classroom activities and two lucky people won a raffle for bicycle centerpieces. Safety handouts were available for take-home showing how to re-set a slipped bicycle chain and addressing head wounds and why they bleed profusely and how to stop the bleeding of minor head wounds.
5 bags of leftover Dalí supplies were donated to Sunshine Club, a group which conducts Saturday art projects at Campbell Park and (20) laundered Dali Aprons were donated to Childs Park Recreation Center.
We are grateful for Creative Pinellas funding and the Impact Returns publicity blog facilitated by Mason Gehring. This initiative kept everyone up-to-date on the latest Dalí Safety Summer developments in an easy-to-access, one-stop format. Overall, a successful and well executed bicycle safety summer! Thanks to All!