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ARC Art: Lanterns Made by ARC Participants with Help from Art on Wheels 

The Association of Fund Raising Professionals recently asked five area not-for-profits to design original centerpieces for their annual National Philanthropy Day.

The Greater Richmond ARC was among those chosen.

ARC and Art on Wheels teamed up to design ten lanterns as centerpieces for ten tables at the event. The other agencies involved were Art 180, The Visual Arts Center, St. Gertrude's High School and the Neighborhood Resource Center.

Andrea Olson, Executive Director of Art on Wheels was in charge of the ARC Art project. Using a hand press, ARC participants made colorful monotypes -- clear plastic shades with original designs -- that were then made into panels for the lanterns.

"It was a fun time had by all and a great partnership with Art on Wheels," said Yvonne Verno, ARC Development Specialist and project coordinator for the event. "To see the smiles on their faces reflects a tremendous sense of accomplishment for our participants."

It was also a great way for ARC participants to give back to the community.