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‘Paint Us Successful’ Conference highlights creative programs

Staff Writer
The Destin Log
Tara Scott (left), and Rosemarie Hartnett, president of Abrakadoodle, at conference.

Abrakadoodle’s 12th annual conference “Paint Us Successful” celebrated Abrakadoodle’s positive program impact on its students, as well as the achievements of its franchise owners, including Erin Bakker and Teri McGinnis of Northwest Florida.

Bakker and McGinnis, represented at conference by Tara Scott, received Abrakadoodle’s Doodle Dozen Award for 11 placements on the company’s top performers list throughout the year¬¬¬. They also won the 2015 Gold Splat and Half Award in recognition of overall excellence.

Abrakadoodle is currently booking sites and students for winter camps, holiday events and 2016 art programs. Visit http://www.abrakadoodle.com/fl-northwest/ to learn more.

The conference, held Nov. 6-8 at the Crayola Experience in Orlando, featured a special session with Abrakadoodle’s first Artist of Distinction, renowned wildlife painter Mort Solberg. The award-winning artist led a hands-on painting workshop much to the delight of all in attendance. Additional sessions focused upon best practices and new initiatives. Abrakadoodle art programs incorporate the four C’s of 21st Century Learning Skills — creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. Conferees heard updates regarding school partnerships that recognize Abrakadoodle as able to meet 21st Century Learning Objectives.

Abrakadoodle delivers art education classes, creativity camps, arty parties, events and more for children and adults through its network of franchises operating in the U.S. and in several international locations. To date, Abrakadoodle’s award-winning programs have reached more than one-million students.