Community Connections: DrawBridge + Twitter

Posted on Jun 16, 2020 in Blog | No Comments

On your markers, get crayons, and go!

Pens, paper and imaginations dominated the DrawBridge/Twitter for Good virtual art group, with drawings made by Twitter employees and their children.

DrawBridge Facilitator Marianne Owens and Volunteer Jill Hoefgen led 50 participants through a variety of inventive warm-up exercises, including coloring hand silhouettes, abstract line doodles, one-minute speed drawing, and ultimately postcards. Some had greetings on the back; all had inventive artwork on the front.

The art postcards created at this event are being sent on to our DrawBridge community and other organizations, to be shared with children and adults experiencing illness, isolation or hardship. The idea of connecting with the community and reaching out to support others is a tenet shared by DrawBridge and Twitter, and it becomes more meaningful during the Covid-19 isolation period.

One postcard read, “I enjoyed making this card for you. I hope that you will have art throughout your life and have fun with it.”

Parents and kids alike took turns sharing their creations with the rest of the group, holding their creations up for others to see. Karl Robillard, Head of Philanthropy and Community Outreach, tweeted,

“We’re loving this perch full of Picassos, hard at work making postcards for families of DrawBridge,” and later commented, “I loved it! So glad it worked out well. Thanks for being great partners in making this happen.”

Twitter For Good is the company’s branch that encourages employees to volunteer and engage with nonprofits to better communities around the world. Locally, Twitter involves its employees in multiple projects in the Tenderloin area. Twitter has long sponsored DrawBridge’s Tenderloin programs and generously hosted fundraising events. This most recent collaboration embodied and integrated the best of both organizations – supporting others and sharing the joys of art.

Good for Twitter!

You can help kids share the joys of art with a donation to Drawbridge – and thank you!