Art Kits for Kids


Every child deserves access to creative opportunities and art education regardless of the financial circumstances of their families. Time spent creating art has a tremendous impact on child development. Unfortunately, we recognize that many children in our community do not have the resources necessary to enjoy art at home. The Art Kits for Kids program helps change that by providing a variety of age-appropriate supplies like crayons, colored pencils, markers, modeling clay, coloring pages, construction paper, scissors, pencils, pencil sharpeners, glue, pens, notepads, and more to kids in need all across East Tennessee.

Now more than ever, it’s important that we invest in and inspire the next generation of artists.


Donate to the Art Kits For Kids program with a financial contribution or by supplying new, bulk art or school supplies such as pencils, note pads, pens, paper, stickers, markers, etc. Do you have promotional items that haven’t been distributed or are out of date? Stress balls, bubbles, stickers, other branded materials that kids would enjoy? We would love to include them as well.

Donations can be made online by clicking the button below or by check mailed to Dogwood Arts at 123 W. Jackson Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37902. 100% of monetary donations received for this program will go to purchase Art Kit supplies. Businesses interested in sponsoring this program, please reach out to Sherry Jenkins (Executive Director of Dogwood Arts) at (865) 637-4561 or by emailing

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What’s in the Kit?

Kits include an assortment of age-appropriate materials such as: colored pencils or crayons, scissors, glue sticks, watercolor sets, colorful paper, clay, pencils, pencil sharpeners, pencil grips, pens, and notepads. Each kit currently costs $7-10 to assemble. The variety of supplies will provide hours of engagement and creative art-making for kids of all ages.




Art Kits are currently being distributed through nonprofit organizations that already aid youth in East Tennessee including: Centro Hispano, Boys & Girls Club of the Tennessee Valley, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital, YWCA, Change Center, Girls Inc. of the Tennessee Valley, East Tennessee Freedom Schools, Big Brothers Big Sisters of East Tennessee, and Knox County Head Start.  Depending on the success of fundraising efforts, we hope to connect with additional partners to expand access to creative resources for even more children in our community. 


We are currently not able to process individual requests for Art Kits. However, once our office re-opens to the public, we may be able to accommodate requests on a case-by-case basis. Please CLICK HERE to add your name to the interest form should we begin offering this service.

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