NORTH BENNINGTON -- The Vermont Arts Exchange and The Bennington School have teamed up yet again to collaborate on another community art project. The purpose of this project was for students to create unique, artistic, and functional birdhouses to benefit Second Chance Animal Shelter. On Friday Dec. 13th the Bennington School students presented the Second Chance Animal Shelter with a check for $330.00, the result of selling the birdhouses at the Bennington School’s Annual Harvest Festival.

After seeing the positive impact "The Doll Project" had on the students and the community, we wanted to continue our focus on giving back through making art. We told the students that we were going to do another community-based art project, but wanted them to have the power to decide who would benefit. They chose Second Chance Animal Shelter because of their love for animals, but especially abandoned or unwanted animals. Both boys and girls stationed at the Vermont Arts Exchange for experiential education and their teachers participated in the project. This included; building the birdhouses, priming, designing an artistic plan, and painting. Some birdhouses even included beadwork, ceramic mosaics, collage, or were turned into animals with attached appendages made of wood. In the end, students alongside their teachers worked collaboratively to create some amazing birdhouses for a great cause. Birdhouses were graciously donated by Sally Litvin of The Wild Bird Center of Malvern, PA.

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