Friday, October 2, 2009

Doing Good: A Vista Revamped CFSA’s Children’s Visitation Room

What talent will get you!   Check out this small waiting room for kids at CFSA that has been artfully redecorated by A Vista Events, an event design and production company in Beltsville, MD.

This summer, A Vista Events transformed one small, dark narrow and mis­matched room into a fun and relaxing ‘beach house’ lounge for youth of all ages.   The team painted the walls, replaced the carpet and installed a wallpaper mural to expand the visual space.   A Vista also refurbished some unused furniture stored in its warehouse to complete the decoration and provide a comfortable place for parents to visit with their children.

This month, A Vista Events will tackle CFSA's large "comfort lounge" primarily used by older children.   For this space, A Vista is painting original art canvases featuring inspirational messages, and then engaging clients to sponsor the artwork with donations of $100.   A Vista has sold ten canvases so far, in addition to raising other donations.   These artful benefactors have also contacted IKEA, Target and Sherwin Williams with requests to donate furniture, paint, toys, and a plasma TV.

But CFSA tells me that more is needed for both rooms.   The smaller room in particular needs books for younger children and Target gift cards will help the decorators and CFSA fully stock both rooms.   If you are interested in helping CFSA with these comfort rooms, contact Beatrice Williar, Program Manager of Partners for Kids in Care, (202) 727-7101, beatrice [DOT] williar [AT] dc [DOT] gov.

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