How exactly does a book come into being? This particular one began by imagining. We wondered, “What if?”
What if young authors and artists had an opportunity to share their creativity with their families, community, and the world? What if they could see how their ideas made an impact on those around them and not just on their report card? What if they inspired each other to do more, create more, be more?
That was our hope for this book. We wanted to launch young creatives into a lifetime of art and writing.
This is the first collection of creative writing and artwork from Middle School and High School age students in Summit County, CO. Joining forces with BreckCreate, local authors and artists, teachers, and parents, we kept our eyes open for those talented minds and nudged them to have courage and put “pencil to paper” and share their craft with our community.
This is the forward I wrote for this book, Imagine: A Collection of Writing and Artwork from Summit County Youth. I had the privilege of spearheading this project through BreckCreate this year. They shared the vision of giving students an opportunity to share their creativity with the world, in a way that was more meaningful and lasting than an assignment for a teacher.
We collaborated with teachers and parents to collect the writing and artwork from students, selected a variety of pieces to showcase, edited the writing, and had an amazing graphic designer, Angela Knightley lay out the content masterfully.
It is a publication we are all so very proud of! BreckCreate was so generous to redirect all donations to Mountain Mentors, another awesome organization in Summit County that benefits youth, and local bookstores and coffee shops like Next Page and Joy of Sox have them available for sale for the community.