The Art of Restoration: people. families. community. (An Art Gallery and Open House for Casa Chirilagua-Nov. 6, 2011)

Oct 18, 2011

This Fall, Casa Chirilagua is hosting an open house called “The Art of Restoration: people. families. community.” Restoration happens when creativity and love make something broken, old or ugly into something new, unique and beautiful. Casa Chirilagua works to restore lives and community by learning together to love our neighbors as ourselves. Wherever and however restoration happens, it is truly an art. We invite you to come and meet us and the families that make up who we are and what we do.

Restoration will be an art gallery of our students’ artwork and a collection of pieces and tastes from the array of events, programs, experiences and stories that over the years continue to build Casa Chirilagua.  Because everything we do is relational, “Restoration” is a time and space for connections between Chirilagua kids and families, Casa Chiri supporters, and new friends from the wider community to be made. The event will be held Sunday, November 6th from 2-5pm at the New Community Center (4109 Mt. Vernon Ave., Alexandria, VA 22305). Come to our open house and learn, see and experience more!

Local artists volunteered and taught kids during Summer Kids Club how to use different media of art and helped kids develop originality, creativity and a voice to be heard. The kids evaluated their best art pieces to be displayed in the Art of Restoration gallery to which students may invite their parents for them to view their accomplishments. Casa Chiri friends and new friends are invited to be a part of the gallery/silent auction and meet our students and their families.

The logo for the fundraiser was chosen from Kids Club kids’ submissions to a Restoration logo contest. Kids had to creatively represent a butterfly as a symbol of restoration. We had several excellent designs, but our winner is Luisito Lopez’s (1st grade) drawing. The drawing was designed into an official logo for the fundraiser by Sarah Dale, our volunteer graphic designer.


Make this event happen! Sign up online to volunteer on the day:


TEACH ART! (July 5 through July 28) Thank you to all our artist teachers

During Summer Kids Club, Master Teachers taught different grade levels (1st-5th) how to create with a specific art media. Art sessions are from 10:15-11a Monday-Thursday. We would like to thank the following artists for giving their time, talent and heart in giving the kids art:


Margaret Wohler, Fiona Gray, Matthew Harwood, Amy Thomas, Eve LaMois, Rebecca Adams, Matt Martinez

DONATE! Thank you to all who donated art supplies

Supplies Thank you for donating art supplies for the Summer Art Studio! You have given the kids the materials by which they could explore, create and learn. Thank you!



Help us raise awareness for the Chirilagua neighborhood, gather a diverse crowd of people who have a singular heart for loving their neighbor, and bring them to the Art of Restoration Open House. Download: Flyers and Tickets.



Choose an item on the budget list and help us cover the cost of the open house! Mobilize your church to underwrite an item! Contact Janice for details.


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We are a community of people “learning together to love our neighbors as ourselves” in a Latino neighborhood in Alexandria, Virginia.

As a faith-based Christian non-profit with a small staff and over 100 volunteers, we serve alongside more than 100 families and their children (1st-12th grades) each week through our community programs.

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Our relational network of volunteers and donors reflects a diverse group of individuals from all over the Washington, D.C. metro area. As a non-profit, we rely on the community for assisting program directors on-site, being mentors, supplying the needs of our food pantry, and everything in between. Each member of our Casa community holds a unique gift, whether time, talent or treasure.