July, 2019 Oak Street Art was given a WSIU “Good Neighbor” award! According to WSIU, this award “recognizes those who make a positive impact in the community.”
June 11, 2019 Oak Street Art artists (Cathy Schmidt, Sue Gindlesparger, Shirley Krienert, and Luca Cruzat) led children in making Father’s Day gifts at the Murphysboro Youth & Recreation Center. Leather artist Cathy Schmidt designed the project for children to create personalized leather key chains as gifts.
May 2, 2019 At the Jackson Growth Alliance revitalization project’s Artist Visioning Session, Oak Street Art was represented by Luca Cruzat, Darby Ortolano, Cathy Schmidt, and Shirley Krienert.
April 27, 2019 Fourth Annual Oak Street Art Fair on Oak Street between 15th and 17th Streets. Children’s Art Tent with 4 hours of structured projects.
April 10, 2019 Second grade classroom (Gen. John A. Logan Attendance Center) art lesson: Picasso selfie project led by Oak Street Art metalsmith Sue Gindlesparger and Oak Street Art leather artist , Cathy Schmidt. Project conceived by Oak Street Art painter Rachel Ensor.
February 27, 2019 At the Jackson Growth Alliance Town Hall meeting, Oak Street Art was represented by Shirley Krienert, Cathy Schmidt, and Ann Fischer.
February 20, 2019 Second grade classroom (Gen. John A. Logan Attendance Center) art lesson: Adinkra cloth stamping with Oak Street Art metalsmith Sue Gindlesparger, with assistance from Cathy Schmidt and Shirley Krienert.
December, 2018 Oak Street Art sponsored a child for the John A. Logan Attendance Center angel tree
December, 2018 Oak Street Art painter Rachel Malcolm Ensor juried regional high school art competition at Cedarhurst Center for the Arts in Mt. Vernon, Illinois.
November, 2018 Oak Street Art donated a gift basket of art supplies for Sallie Logan Public Library silent auction.
November 30, 2018 All 7 Oak Street Art members worked one-on-one with almost 200 children to create their own tree ornaments for the Murphysboro Hometown Christmas celebration: https://bit.ly/2Q0u3r8
November 13, 2018 Second grade classroom (Gen. John A. Logan Attendance Center) art lesson: Making pinch pots with Oak Street Art ceramic artist Darby Ortolano, with assistance from Oak Street Art fiber artist Shirley Krienert: oakstreetart.com/blog/darby-ortolanosecond-grade-pottery
October 6, 2018 Three Oak Street Art members participated in the General John A. Logan Museum event, A Woman’s Work Is Never Done. Cathy Schmidt hosted a table of Oak Street Artists’ work for sale, Rachel Malcolm Ensor gave a lecture on African American folk quilting, and Shirley Krienert held an embroidery demonstration: https://bit.ly/2VzIE2Q.
October 23, 2018 Oak Street Art leather artist Cathy Schmidt and Oak Street Art fiber artist Shirley Krienert taught children to make dreamcatchers at STEAM night by 4-H at the Murphysboro Youth & Recreation Center: oakstreetart.com/blog/steam-nightdreamcatchers