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The Children’s Book Illustrators Guild of Minnesota…

January 2, 2013

This organization, commonly known as CBIG, is a group of Minnesota-based children’s illustrators. I have been a member for a little over two years and the organization has proven to be an amazing source for inspiration, motivation and friendship.

In 2012, CBIG engaged with the community in a number of ways. We exhibited our art at a number of libraries throughout Hennepin County. We participated in the 2012 Art-a-Whirl in North Minneapolis. We held gallery shows in Fridley and in Fergus Falls. We joined two+ days of fun at the Minnesota River Arts Festival, in Shakopee. And we capped the whole year off by doing something many of us will not soon forget. We held the “Smiles for Sandy Hook” event at the Bloomington Theatre & Arts Center.

Though it was an awful moment in America that brought us together, the event was filled will smiles and sunshine. With help from children and parents from all over the Twin Cities, we created nearly 500 pieces of artwork for the children of Sandy Hook Elementary. Here is just one of the many news videos documenting the event: Smiles for Sandy Hook

In coming weeks, the artwork will be delivered to Newtown and displayed for the children of Sandy Hook Elementary.

I was very proud to be one of the 25 volunteers (many CBIG members) who made this event a success. And I am thankful that Minnesota has an organization like CBIG to recognize when the children (wherever they are) need a little pick-me-up. CBIG has reminded me what children’s illustration and literature is all about. I look forward to bringing more smiles to children everywhere in 2013.

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