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Arts Evolution Teams with Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center in Colorful Partnership

JACKSONVILLE, FL – September 14, 2016 On September 15, 2016, the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center will unveil a newly renovated room for the Girl Matters®: It’s Elementary program at George Washington Carver Elementary School. Arts Evolution designed and renovated the classroom for girls participating in the successful suspension intervention program aimed to improve school success and stop school suspensions.

Arts Evolution founders, Heather Moore and Christie Chandler dedicated months towards the renovation. Heather painted, cleaned, organized and decorated their classroom. Her vision included a lounge area, a reading nook, a flower garden and colorful decorations. Christie painted a contemporary floral and geometric mural in the hallway as a way to claim the space as a safe haven for girls to meet, share and learn leadership skills.

“Arts Evolution is all about uplifting the community through the arts. This past year, half of our clients have been nonprofits, and we are thrilled to donate our skills to infuse art and creativity into places of work and play,” said Christie Chandler. In addition to the Girl Matters room, Arts Evolution has donated their services to create a mural for the Ronald McDonald House and a custom painted car for the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville. Arts Evolution marries art and business in local communities to produce contemporary artwork that reflects each client’s unique needs.

When asked about their time at the school, Chandler said, “The experience has been a labor of love and we feel even more energized after hearing the excited reactions from the children, teachers and staff. Art really does have the power to transform, and we are enjoying playing a part in that.”

The unveiling of the classroom will be on Thursday, September 15th   in the Girl Matters classroom at George Washington Carver Elementary School at 4:30 p.m.

About Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center

The Policy Center was established through a grant from the Delores Barr Weaver Fund at The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida.  Ms. Weaver is a lifelong advocate for girls and young women. The Policy Center’s mission is to engage communities, organizations and individuals through quality research, community organizing, advocacy, training and model programming to advance the rights of girls and young women, especially those in the justice system. To learn more: www.seethegirl.org.