Our MissionThe Crayon Collection mission is to inspire a commitment to environmental consciousness and the infusion of art education in underfunded schools.
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The Crayon Collection model is simple but our impact is extraordinary: by collecting gently used crayons from restaurants and hotels that distribute free crayons to children when they dine, in addition to community-based collection efforts, we intervene in a cycle of waste that has existed for decades. We save an extraordinary tool of expression, curiosity and learning – the crayon - and redistribute them to local schools in need across the country. Our programming ensures millions of crayons are saved from landfills each year and are instead repurposed for teachers and students, along with best in class resources to support art education. And at the heart of our work is a desire to create a global movement for change, a new "eco-normal" consciousness that is mindful of the environment and nearby communities in need. Through the simple act of saving a crayon we seek to reignite art programs in Amercian schools, engage a national audience to be stewards of their community and the environment, and create a new sustainability model.
Crayon Recycling Program
Through our Crayon Recycling Program, we establish partnerships with national restaurant and hotel chains that distribute free crayons to children when they dine. Instead of throwing these crayons away after each meal, we establish a collection process for each location and ensure these gently used crayons are donated to a local school in need.read more
We understand it is more than just a crayon – it is a powerful tool of expression to support learning, development, creativity and imagination in the hands of young minds. So in order to supplement the free crayons we donate to Head Start Programs and Title 1 elementary schools, we invest significant resources in our Arts in Education program, which supports the Art Inspiration and Artist Rotation initiatives.read more
Color Kindness Program
The Color Kindness Program is our newest program! We ask kids to write kindness notes to other kids. The notes are given along with the donated crayons. These crayons are a huge gift to the kids receiving them and when they see a positive note from another child they feel connected. Both the kid writing the note benefits from giving this creativity and love and the recipient is thrilled to receive this as well.
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CHECK OUT OUR NEW PSA!
Produced by Motion Distillery starring Blue Green.
Very special thanks to the Creative Visions Foundation who was key to making this video possible.
Penguin Random House Partnership
Crayon collection partners with Penguin Random House for the much anticipated book, "The Day the Crayons Came Home."
The Hero of Color City
Watch a Public Service Announcement about Crayon Collection featuring actors Owen Wilson, Christina Ricci and Jessica Capshaw who lent their voices for this piece.
The Hero of Color City and Crayon Collection Bring the Magic of Coloring to Kids Everywhereread more
Kenny Scharf, Artist
Kids need color. Provide them with something as simple as some crayons and some paper and you provide an outlet for them to explore their imagination which is so important because for some kids thats all they have.