Child’s Place, a Collier Child Care Resources Development Center, recently enjoyed a visit by local artist, Juan Diaz, in preparation for the upcoming fundraiser, Big Impressions by Little Artists. Bright eyes and eager listeners gathered around the playground picnic tables to learn what the professional artist had planned for them.
Giving each child a small canvas of their own, and an arsenal of colored paint at their disposal, Juan encouraged each child to follow their own creativity and paint the canvas in any way they’d like. After gathering dozens of the small canvases, he will create one large piece that will be available during the Live Auction portion of the March 9th fundraiser.
“Meeting an artist like Juan Diaz gives the children an opportunity to realize that expression as a concept is not something that needs to be compromised, no matter what career they choose in the future,” states Marlene Alvarez-Jacinto, Center Director. “Art evokes feelings that encourage engagement, provoke thought, and spur community involvement. Promoting art and expression in its many forms means a healthier community and a healthier soul for each individual.”
Big Impressions by Little Artists®
Big Impressions by Little Artists® (BIBLA) is a premiere benefit luncheon and art auction hosted by Collier Child Care Resources, Inc. each year. With a focus on raising funds for the tuition assistance program that offers scholarships to underprivileged families who are in need of high-quality early education resources, BIBLA aspires to bridge the gap between children and education, as well as between the community and professional artists. The event features four artists that include Mally Khorasantchi as well as Carmelo Blandino, Juan Diaz and Marcus Zotter, each of whom will create a piece with the children at the CCCR Development Centers that will then be auctioned during the event. Dozens of other artists, photographers and business owners have also contributed pieces for the silent auction portion of the event in an effort to help CCCR reach their $100,000 fundraising goal. NBC2 News Morning Anchor Rachel Pierce will serve as guest emcee, while Rick Gallo will host the auction. The overall theme of the event serves to support the mission of CCCR and the Reggio Emilia philosophy of learning that the child development centers have adopted, which places a strong emphasis on authentic art experiences and the creative process.
Event details: Friday, March 9th, 2018, 11:00am – 1:30pm at the Hilton Naples. Tickets are $75 per person and available for purchase online at www.collierchildcare.org.
In 2017, through the efforts of CCCR’s many campaigns and supporters, the organization was able to:
- Open two new Child Development Centers – Little Wonders and Child’s Path.
- Open two new toddler classrooms for children ages 1-2 to meet the urgent local need.
- Provide partial tuition assistance for 225 economically disadvantaged children.
- Supply them with approximately 34,000 healthy meals and snacks.
- Celebrate the graduation of 68 children from our VPK classrooms.
About Juan Diaz
Diaz’s work has been included in important exhibitions at the Baker Museum of Art | Artis-Naples, The Naples Depot Museum and Florida Gulf Coast University, Alliance for the Arts, as well as during Art Basel Miami Beach. His LIGHT Performance Art Series has been commission and treasured by the Holocaust Museum of Southwest Florida, The Naples Art Association, The Sidney & Berne Davies Art Center, The Naples Film Festival and recently the whole Series was presented at The Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theater. Diaz was the recipient of Southwest Florida 2013 FACE Award for Culture & Arts awarded by Gulfshore Life Business Magazine and the 1999 Porter Goss Award. Diaz’s style and early mastery in drawing and the use of oils earned him a range of awards for Best in Show and various scholarships. Diaz continues to independently study the works, styles, and techniques of master artists from the United States, Europe, South America, Asia and Africa. Juan Diaz continues residing and creating in his studio in Naples, Florida.