A front door of your own

A Front Door of Your Own

Have you ever thought about all the meaning behind walking through the door to your home? Our front doors are our first impressions and entrance into our private, safe world. Doors protect us from the outdoors and are opportunities to make a statement about the power of the residents living inside.

A special project designed by the Learning and Public Practice team at the Wexner Center for the Arts is giving youth living at Huckleberry House’s Kenmore Square apartments a way to tailor their front doors, with color and image.

Yesterday was the first studio day for the project.  Residents, staff, and new friends from The Wex came together to start imagining. Wexner Center Youth, Community and Family Programs Manager Jean Pitman, shared this account of the session:

“(Artist in Residence) Tala K’anani and I loved seeing all the images of nature: sunflowers, trees and pathways/roads, a rainy day outdoors tucked under an umbrella and the sun rising, birds flying free and blue skies. We also gathered some words (“honesty”, “passion”, etc.), concepts and colorways.  We met new friends and children and beautiful tiny babies!  We snacked and ate Sitiah’s home made buffalo chicken and we chatted and listened to a great playlist created by Mackie. It all ended way too soon!”

We are excited for better weather and paint going up on the doors. Look for more pictures in warmer days ahead!

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    Main Campus
    1421 Hamlet Street
    Columbus, Ohio 43201
    Adminstration Phone: (614) 294-8097
    Fax: (614) 294-6109

    Housing Program Office
    1720 Kenmore Road
    Columbus, OH 43219

    Marsh Brook Place
    5981 Chatterton Road
    Columbus, OH 43232

    YOP Shop
    2216 Bancroft St.
    Columbus, OH 43219

    Direct Contribution

    Donate Goods and Supplies

    Items we need:

    Clothing and Personal Items

    • Underwear
    • Sweatpants (Youth M – Adult XXL)
    • Sweatshirts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
    • Shorts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
    • T-shirts (Youth M – Adult XXL)
    • Socks
    • Wallets
    • Earbuds

              Please note that we are unable to accept any used clothing items.

    General Supplies

    • Composition notebooks/journals
    • Adult coloring books
    • Colored pencils
    • Art supplies
    • “Smell goods” (i.e. Bath & Body Works)

    Toiletries and Hygiene Products

    • Deodorant
    • Shampoo and conditioner*
    • Feminine hygiene products
    • Body soap*
    • Tootbrushes and toothpaste*
    • Brushes and combs
    • Ethnic hair care products

      The * denotes that the item must be in a full size bottle.

    Misellaneous Items

    • Baby items
    • Pillows
    • Solid color twin comforters and sheet sets
    • Kitchen utensils, general cleaning and laundry supplies, picture frames
    • Non-perishable food items for youth outreach (crackers, cup of soup, fruit snacks, chips)
    • Gift cards from $5 to $25 for fast food restaurants, grocery stores, gas stations
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