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Hometown Proud: Patchwork Central's Art Garden weeks

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EVANSVILLE, IN (WFIE) -

Kids spend their summers doing all sorts of things from swimming to sports.

Some children in Evansville took advantage of ay unique program this week at a place that been serving the Tri-State for close to four decades.

Perhaps you've passed by and noticed the bright sign outside 100 Washington Avenue in the Haynie's Corner Arts District.

It belongs to Patchwork Central, a small non-profit that co-director Amy Rich says moved into this neighborhood near downtown Evansville in 1977.

"They had originally chosen this neighborhood cause it was one of the rougher neighborhoods in Evansville when they first started Patchwork," says Amy Rich Co-Director of Patchwork Central. So they had looked at it and thought that it was a place that they could hope to have some kind of difference."

Patchwork offers a food bank, tutoring help, and lots of art projects.

Jane Case Vickers/Dir. Of Art & Education, Patchwork Central "It's always been a place of creativity," says Jane Case Vickers the Director of Art & education at Patchwork Central. "It changes over time. The focus may change a little bit, but it's always been about creativity and bringing people together to form community."

Here, age doesn't matter though the morning hours lately belong to the younger crowd.

It's Art Garden Week at Patchwork, a longstanding tradition that brings kids around a storybook, into the pottery studio, and out to the garden. 

Participant Renee Wilson says, "art Garden is really cool because you know you get to meet a lot of new people."

11 year old Renee and 12 year old Eme are regulars here year round but the two Art Garden weeks each summer are special. 

Eme says, "I feel like it's home because I have so many friends here."

Renee says, "I think it feels good because you're going out and you're doing this stuff for the community and the earth and then you can get a reward from it from eating all the food."

They're even cooking it themselves with a little help. 

This program is free, just like everything else at Patchwork.

"Honestly I don't believe that there's anything finer going on anywhere no matter how much it costs," says Vickers. It's unmatchable."

"This place is really cool, I mean I love it, I know my friends do, I know a lot of people here do," says Eme. If this wasn't here I don't know what I'd be doing right now."

We want to share more stories of people in the Tri-State who are going above and beyond to help their communities.  If you known someone who is making their Hometown Proud, send Erin an email athometownproud@14news.com.

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