Celebrating with the Mad Hatter in Atlanta

On February 25, over 400 children and families came to Young Audiences, Woodruff Arts Center's (YAWAC) 4th Annual Mad Hatter Event. The Mad Hatter is a morning of hands-on art activities and artist performances and is a celebration of YAWAC's mission to transform the lives and learning of Georgia's young people through the arts.  It is also YAWAC's largest fundraiser of the year.

The children spent the morning with friends and family as they created community art in the form of a miniature winter wonderland village.  They also made their own customized scarves, Mad Hatter top hats, picture frames and decorated cookies. Alice in Wonderland characters gave hugs and took pictures, and attendees enjoyed an interactive, larger than life puppet show performed by roster artist Peter Hart.  The children also had fun drawing cartoons under the watchful eye of professional cartoonist Bryan Mon. For one girl, Jana Jones, the Mad Hatter was the birthday party of her dreams. She was so pleased with the day that she sent a letter to thank Young Audiences.

The Mad Hatter was a magical day for many children like Jana, including those who came to the event through YAWAC's partnership with United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta and Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta (BGCMA).  Like YAWAC, BGCMA and United Way work to improve the lives of our youth.  Through these partnerships, YAWAC increases its capacity to help the children it serves thrive as learners and leaders, which will help them grow into well-rounded adults. 

The Mad Hatter is made possible through the generous support of our board members, partners, volunteers and donors.

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