Resilience, appreciation of diversity and developing tools to challenge bullying was the theme for Studio B’s “Happy to Be Me 3.0” summer art camp.
The week long camp, which ran Aug 18 to 22, enlisted students 7 to 17 years of age to work with artists Jean Esther and Angel Perez as well as Boyertown Area School District art teacher Nancy Yurkovich.
The studio, funded by a grant from Berks County Community Foundation through the recommendation of the foundation’s Youth Advisory Council, is adding Happ — the 68th bear to the Bear Fever collection.
Prior to the camp, students and adults were welcomed to submit words or imaged related to a Superhero.
Elements from those ideas and designs were considered and incorporated into the design by the artists creating the final design for the bear.
“Superheroes do the right things at the right moments, showing they are brave and kind and healthy and happy and respect and appreciate other people,” explained Jane Stahl, Studio B’s Director of Community Relations and co-coordinator of the Bear Fever project along with her husband Paul, at the launch of the project . “Sadly, bullying behavior can be found anywhere and can have serious effects on those victimized,” she noted.
Beginning in September, those individuals that were a part of the project will visit Boyertown area schools and organizations to showcase the sculpture.
The Bear Fever collection is an ongoing community art project.