In May 2010, we painted 28 flower pots for the “Plant Pride on Parsons Avenue” community project. This project then won the Neighborhood Improvement Project of the Year Award. We also learned that the city’s Keep Columbus Beautiful program has earned a national Keep America Beautiful First Place Beautification Award for its Plant Pride On Parsons cleanup event in May 2010. We were asked to paint more flower pots for this project in 2011, and members of HOOT painted over 50 additional flower pots. In 2012 HOOT members painted 20 flower pots commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of Columbus, Ohio.
Each year at our annual convention, we support a charity with monies collected from the raffle of hand painted quilts and painted heirloom pieces. We have donanted to Ronald McDonald House Charities, the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Art Cart Program, the Stefanie Spielman Fund for Breast Cancer Research, the USO of Central Ohio, and in 2012 we donated 9 hand painted quilts to “Quilts of Valor”.
We make substantial donations to the National Museum of Decorative Painting for acquisitions, restoration, conservation and proper museum quality display of this vast collection of decorative art work.
We have provided art materials and money to the Volunteers of America’s homeless children’s art classes. We also donated money to the Columbus Arts Council for children’s art programs.
Our Memory Box Program provides hand-painted boxes to area hospitals for parents who have lost an infant.
HOOT organizes, judges, and sponsors the cash prize awards and the Best of Show awards in the Tole and Decorative Painting category at the Ohio State Fair.
These are just a few of the activities that we are involved in because as needs arise in our community (and oftentimes outside of the local area), HOOT has and continues to “step up to the plate” and get involved in becoming part of the solution. Yes, we paint – but painting isn’t all we do.