Check out the recap from The Hive Society’s Canvas and Cupcakes workshop.

It’s always a wonderful feeling to see your visions come to fruition. When we outlined our Bee Creative initiative, we wanted to create something that was meaningful to us and appealing to the communities we support. After our successful fundraising efforts at AXIOM, we knew that it was time to launch our first Bee Creative program. Canvas & Cupcakes was an interactive self-esteem enrichment workshop hosted by The Hive Society with Lillie B. Girls.  On Saturday, July 18th, 20 girls came together for an afternoon of empowerment, artistic expression, and cupcakes.

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Canvas and Cupcakes | Photo Credit: 9th Sage

The workshop kicked off with the girls reciting Lillie B. Girls‘ mantra. It was a sight to see, watching little girls beam with pride as they declared, “I am beautiful. I am smart. I am brilliant.” At the conclusion of their icebreaker, each participant naturally came out of their shells and began to interact with each other, trading excitement about the tasks ahead.

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Dre Price | Photo Credit: 9th Sage

Our special guest, Hive Society’s fave Dre Price, introduced herself and got the girls pumped up about their project. She told them that their paintings would be theirs and that they should be proud of it and to not compare it to the next painting. Maybe the deeper meaning of Dre’s speech went over some heads, but it resonated with me.

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Dre Price | Photo Credit: 9th Sage

When Dre introduced the painting that we would be completing, I sensed a bit of uncertainty among the girls. Would their paintings look like the one that was hung on the wall? The most fascinating thing about children to me is how they communicate with each other when they’re unaware that adults are watching and listening. The girls quietly encouraged each other to do their best and to have fun. It was that simple. The rest of the afternoon was spent singing along to the latest semi-kid friendly pop songs while girls squealed with excitement as their lines and circles turned into pretty potted flowers.

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Canvas and Cupcakes | Photo Credit: 9th Sage

Before we knew it, the workshop was over and the room filled with several “But I don’t want it to be over” protests. The girls began signing their artwork and they all looked satisfied with their final products. I must admit that I was impressed with how well they followed Dre’s instructions, and yet every picture looked unique. As we gathered around to take a group picture, some of the participants stopped me to offer their most genuine thank yous. In those moments, I realized that our Bee Creative initiative had power. Our Canvas and Cupcakes participants looked at art as something they, too, could do. It was no longer a skill they only visualized famous artists doing. The girls were proud of what they accomplished!

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Canvas and Cupcakes Group Picture | Photo Credit: 9th Sage

If you missed out on the fun, don’t worry, we plan on doing similar workshops in the future. In the meantime, check out the recap video from All Seeing Eyes.

On behalf of The Hive Society, I’d like to personally thank the following friends of The Hive for helping to make Canvas and Cupcakes a success.

Texas Art Supply

Lillie B. Girls

Dre Price

Leonel J. Castillo Community Center

Friends and Family of The Hive Society