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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. To date, Dogwood Arts has compiled and distributed 13,800 Art Kits to students of all ages across East Tennessee. Now more than ever, it’s important that we invest in and inspire the next generation of artists.

*Photos provided by Jared Worsham Photography


Kits include an assortment of age-appropriate materials such as: markers, pens, pencils, and crayons from Sharpie®, Paper Mate®, and Mr. Sketch.® Paper from Neenah paper, custom sketchbooks, colored pencils, crayons, scissors, glue sticks, watercolor sets, colorful paper, clay, pencils, pencil sharpeners, and pencil grips. Kits are customized based on the age and grade level of the recipient to provide hours of engagement and creative art-making.



Dogwood Arts is excited to announce a charitable contribution of art and educational supplies from Newell Brands in support of the Art Kits for Kids program. The company’s donation includes thousands of markers, pens, pencils, and crayons from its well-known Writing brands - Sharpie®, Paper Mate®, and Mr. Sketch®. Newell Brands has strong ties to East TN with a manufacturing and distribution hub in Maryville.

The gift will help expand the Art Kits for Kids program exponentially. With a supplemental donation of paper products and stickers from Neenah Paper, Dogwood Arts distributed 10,000 Art Kits to middle and high school students enrolled in art classes in Knox, Blount, and Anderson County in spring 2021.


Newell Brands (NASDAQ: NWL) is a leading global consumer goods company with a strong portfolio of well-known brands, including Rubbermaid®, Paper Mate®, Sharpie®, Dymo®, EXPO®, Parker®, Elmer’s®, Coleman®, Marmot®, Oster®, Sunbeam®, FoodSaver®, Mr. Coffee®, Rubbermaid Commercial Products®, Graco®, Baby Jogger®, NUK®, Calphalon®, Contigo®, First Alert®, Mapa®, Spontex®, and Yankee Candle®.  Newell Brands is committed to enhancing the lives of consumers around the world with planet-friendly, innovative and attractive products that create moments of joy and provide peace of mind.