Irish Fest's 'Better' Kids Room a Success!

betterArts for the second year in a row hosted a fun-filled crafts and games room for children of all ages to enjoy at this year's North Country Goes Green Irish Festival.

Volunteers offered arts 'n' crafts stations where kids could make leprechaun planters, caterpillars, leprechaun ears, and rainbows made from recycled items; game booths where children could try their luck at bean bag tosses and fishing games, a face-painting station, jewelry making, and more.

betterArts is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to increase access to the arts in the North Country and beyond through the procurement of an artist residency program, radio station, art galleries, performances, festivals, workshops, and extensive community outreach work centered around creativity and sustainability. The organization is housed at Better Farm, a sustainability campus in Redwood, N.Y.

Many thanks go out to North Country Goes Green Irish Festival for inviting betterArts back this year, betterArts board members Amberlee Clement and Holly Boname for doing the lion's share of organizing the kids' room, all our volunteers for braving the crowds Saturday and Sunday to make this a reality, and all of you who came out to enjoy the space and show your support for arts in the North Country.

For downloadable photos from the kids' room, please click here.

Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.