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Painting Party at Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills

The Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills in Brimley, MI, hosts quarterly events for their teens at the Club. Usually this event is centered on a lock in where teen Club members get the entire Club to themselves for the night, with the exception of a few staff chaperones. However, when it was time for the teen event this past quarter, the lock in was not a possibility because there were no chaperones available.

Instead of canceling their teen takeover night, they decided to make it into an extended evening event. While the boys’ teen night turned into an open gym tournament, Boys & Girls Club of Bay Mills staff member, Valencia Lyons, decided she wanted to try out a special event for the teen girls. This is where her idea of a “painting party” came into play. She got the idea from the increasingly popular Paint Nite, an event where people typically go with a group of friends to work on a painting project led by a professional artist, with food and beverages usually served.

Lyons figured she could take this idea right to the girls at the Club, and she was right! Staff members were nervous about the turnout (it was spring break for the schools in the area), but 20 teenage girls showed up to the event! They even had to scrounge up more canvas due to the unexpected turnout.

Lyons found a picture of a landscape online and took the girls through a step by step tutorial on how to execute the painting, while still allowing room for plenty of creativity. The event went from 6pm-11pm which allowed the girls plenty of time to relax, paint, eat, and socialize! By the end of the night the girls were all exclaiming how much they loved the event and how they could not wait to do it again. Lyon’s idea of a “painting party” was a hit with the girls and resulted in many beautiful paintings to display at the Club!

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