Art Supplies in the City outfits fledgling finger-painters and brush-wielding virtuosos every artistic accoutrement they could possibly need for their creative endeavor. Capture a nascent vision by applying smooth charcoal strokes ($3.49) on an acid-free, 12"x18" paper pad ($15.19). Auteurs can nurture their ever-changing masterworks from acrylic adolescence ($27.99 for a six-paint set), through oil-glossed adulthood ($25.95 for five-paint set) until retirement inside MC Hammer's stretch Hummer. Junior crafters can gussy up the neighborhood with sidewalk chalk ($3.55) or bedazzle bedroom windows with washable markers ($6.36), while parents and teachers sequester messy projects to freestanding children's easels ($99.99). Showcase your finished masterpiece with mounting supplies, including adjustable uniframes ($12.95).
As a leading Illinois family- and child-service agency, Children’s Home + Aid serves more than 40,000 children and families each year through its child-development and -care programs, family counseling, and foster-care-advocacy programs. The organization's roots extend back to 1883, when the Reverend Van Arsdale brought into his home a young girl whose mother was in crisis. The minister's umbrella of care soon spread throughout the country, as he established advisory boards and worked to improve child welfare. Today, Children's Home + Aid focuses on early childhood and juvenile justice, preventing child abuse, and garnering positive child development in strong families.
The organization’s Raising A Reader program helps children ages 3-5 get "kindergarten-ready" by developing early language and literacy abilities. Much of this work incorporates full parental involvement; facilitators encourage parent-child bonding through everything from bedtime stories to engaging, brain-building activities. Currently helping more than 350 children develop these necessary scholastic skills, the Illinois chapter is just part of a larger national trend; in 2011, the national Raising a Reader program touched the lives of almost 118,000 kids across 32 states.
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Although Social Monograms was created by identical twin sisters, no two of their products are exactly alike. Instead, each is adorned with a custom monogram, in a choice of colors and fonts. For some products––such as the leather, envelope-style clutch, or the cushiony dog bed––the monogram is embroidered, which is a nod to Social Monograms' beginnings as a home-based embroidery business. However, the initials are carved into the company's monogrammed soap bars, and printed on the sisters' custom smartphone cases and chip bags.
The staff at Genesis Art Supplies stocks its shelves with picture frames and art materials geared toward arts students and teachers. Its vast supply of tools for artistic creations, available both online and in the retail store, includes drafting tables, foam boards, children's activity kits, and a fountain of imagination fuel. Genesis Art also partners with educators to place school-supplies lists online, so parents and students can order online at ease, with no embarrassing in-store dance battles over the last pair of safety scissors.