A Detroit Gallery Is Giving Out Free Meals—and Artist-Designed Coloring Books—to Children While Schools Are Closed

As schools across the country shut down, some children are at risk of missing out on more than just their education. For many families, school is a reliable source of breakfast and lunch for their kids. So to help food-insecure families, the Detroit gallery Library Street Collective will be handing out weeknight dinners to local public school kids for the next two weeks.

“About a week ago, things started taking a turn for the worse here and we realized the schools were on the verge of closing,” Anthony Curis, the gallery’s co-founder, told Artnet News. “We thought it would be fun to pull together a project that not only provides a basic need and is a dire necessity right now, but also offers a source of inspiration for students who are out of school.”

To provide more than just physical nourishment, each meal will come with a coloring book featuring line drawings by contemporary artists, including KAWS, Shepard Fairey, and Nina Chanel Abney, to name just a few. Kids will also get a set of coloring pencils and a pencil sharpener.

At the end of the book’s 29 drawings, the 30th page has been purposely left blank. “It has room for them to fill their name in and create their own drawing,” said Curis. “I thought it would be fun for a young student to put themselves in conversation with these amazing artists.”

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