Ms. McGowan Returns to Bali


Last year, art teacher Ms. McGowan traveled to Bali, Indonesia. The trip included a visit to the Beth-El Christian Orphanage where she and her daughter brought donations of clothing, soap, toothbrushes, and other necessities to 175 children. The trip proved to be a huge inspiration and fueled art projects for her students which included puppetry, textiles, fabric painting, tin art, and jewelry making. This summer, Ms. McGowan returned to Ubud, Bali to the same orphanage. Her two daughters joined her. They volunteered at the orphanage where they presented the children, aged four through eighteen, with pairs of sandals (150 in all) as well as 150 hand-painted hats created by sixth grade students last year.

The hat project was part of the Visiting Artists program where artists and designers Gayle and Adam B. worked with sixth grade art students to create "trucker style" hats imprinted with unique symbols and messages. "I had promised my students that we would deliver the hats and distribute their messages of love and hope for a brighter future," said Ms. McGowan. "The children were absolutely thrilled to receive the hand-painted hats and the new sandals." Ms. McGowan also reported back that the children asked her to express their gratitude to Springs School. "They really needed the hats and shoes desperately to avoid the hot sun and rocky streets. Despite having nothing to call their own, they now proudly wear their hats and know that we will be keeping in touch."

Ms. McGowan hopes to continue to involve Springs School art students in creating art that can be sent to Bali to be displayed at the orphanage, reminding them that "they are not alone and there are other children that support their right to be happy and healthy." She also wishes to thank those former sixth grade students who contributed their artwork on the hats - "You have showed such empathy. It really makes a difference!"