Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The BirdHouse Thing


Since 1984, the W. O. Smith School has offered music education to students who could not afford lessons or instruments. The school offers classes in all band and orchestra instruments, guitar, piano and voice, as well as composition, theory, technology and recording. The faculty includes over 100 area musicians who donate from one to four hours weekly to instruct the more than 350 children who attend classes.

The school receives funding from art councils and foundations, gifts and grants from corporations and individuals. And, for the past seven years, the school has raised funds through The BirdHouse Thing (Click for more information.) Every year, interested area artists, musicians, officials and individuals decorate birdhouses that are then placed on display and finally auctioned. The event organizers provide the birdhouses (which differ in size and shape each year), and each artist decorates his/her birdhouse however he/she wishes. No two are ever alike.

I decorated the doghouse/birdhouse at the top of this post. Included with my birdhouse are a number of dog-related snacks and items as well as a handmade scrapbook for the "TOP DOG" in the buyer's life. The roof (lid) comes off to reveal a place to hide dog treats.

Tomorrow I'll show you a few of the birdhouses donated by some people whose names you might recognize and tell you a little more about W. O. Smith.

7 comments:

Halcyon said...

That's a great way to raise money for the school. Your doggie treehouse is really cute. I'm sure you enjoyed using your creative flair in making it!

Olivier said...

elles sont vraiment très originales ces maisons pour oiseaux, celle avec le chien est vraiment très réussie
They are really very original homes for these birds, that the dog is really very successful

GMG said...

I like your birdhouse, but must confess that I'm still too much impressed with the Ghost Ballet!
Have a great week!
Blogtrotter

quintarantino said...

Oh, that's a nice way to raise funds and show us nice bird houses...

Jim said...

I wouldnt think of using a birdhouse for something besides birds. You have given me ideas....

Rambling Round said...

Great for birds or decorations...wonderful fundraising idea too.

smilnsigh said...

What a precious project!

Mari-Nanci