Young participants in the 's Summer Arts Adventures for ages 6 to 15 have been given a challenge: transform pizza boxes into works of art. Their reward? A free pizza lunch courtesy of California Pizza Kitchen on the Friday of each week-long camp session, plus the chance to win free pizza for a year when the boxes are displayed Aug. 22 at the restaurant in Farmington, Connecticut's Westfarms Mall.
California Pizza Kitchen is committed to supporting children in local communities through its CPK FUNdraisers program, and from 11 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 22, the restaurant will contribute 20 percent of sales to the Farmington Valley Arts Center (FVAC), an Avon, Connecticut-based non-profit that provides a comprehensive assortment of arts-related programs and opportunities for all ages. Diners will also have the chance to view the more than 40 pizza boxes created by students and to vote for a People's Choice Award Winner, who will have his or her box framed and displayed in the restaurant for a year and receive an MVP pass, good for 12 free kids' meals during the year.
There's still time for kids to enter the competition by painting pizza boxes, provided by California Pizza Kitchen, during upcoming Summer Arts Adventures sessions at the FVAC's Avon campus. The program runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily during week-long sessions through August 17. Working with professional teaching artists in a setting where talented studio artists create year-round, campers enjoy a variety of exercises in visual arts, ceramics, sculpture and photography. Kids learn from and inspire each other, too, as they work independently and collaboratively outdoors and inside the FVAC's classrooms and galleries.
The cost is $250 per week or $225 for new and existing FVAC members. A tax-deductible annual family membership is $60. Parents may opt to customize schedules by reserving individual dates at $60 per day.
For more information or to register, visit www.artsfvac.org or call 860-678-1867.