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CEDAR RAPIDS — The Freedom Festival is launching a new way for kids to let their star-spangled imaginations shine in a community art mural.
The popular Imagination Square and Building Block Extravaganza from years past are pivoting to an at-home printmaking adventure for kids ages 6 to 16.
Pieces created through free Kids’ Activity Boxes will be assembled into a mural displayed at the June 26 Volta Youth Music Festival at NewBo City Market. The Eastern Iowa Arts Academy is providing the supplies.
“When we started to take a look at what in-person programming would look like in 2021, we weren’t sure if families would feel comfortable with our normal kids’ activities like bouncy houses, face painting, sharing building blocks, etc., during a pandemic,” said Karol Shepherd, Freedom Festival executive director.
The art boxes begin rolling out at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 29, at these Cedar Rapids locations: Hy-Vee, 1556 First Ave. NE; and Hy-Vee Drugstores at 1520 Sixth St. SW, 2001 Blairs Ferry Rd. NE and 4825 Johnson Ave. NW.
The Cedar Rapids Parks & Rec Rollin’ Recmobile also will have boxes available from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 10 in Greene Square downtown, and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. June 11 in Bever Park.
The boxes are available on a first come-first serve basis, with a maximum of two per family. Completed prints can be mailed to the Eastern Iowa Arts Academy, 1841 E Ave. NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402, to be included in the mural.