Creativity for Community (CFC) is an honor house organization. You can find us at the Haldorsen house, the yellow one behind the football field. Our mission is to connect with the community using art as a medium. You don’t have to be an artist to make art, just create something from the heart and bond with the others you are with.  We work with three different subsets of the community: the elderly, the youth, and St. Olaf students.

We volunteer every week at the Northfield Retirement Community. It’s a really fun service event. We talk to the residents while doing puzzles and small art projects. Art brings us, as students, closer to a new demographic in the Northfield community. These residents are deteriorating physically and mentally, but we can still bring joy and connection through small projects, and puzzles!! It’s amazing to see their faces light up when we come in on Wednesday nights.

We also work with A+ Art Club: Autism and the Arts, which is an art program for teens and young adults on the autism spectrum that began in 2010. The purpose of the program is to provide the opportunity for participants to develop art and social skills in a well-structured, safe, social environment. A+ Art Club offers a weekly art-making and social experience to young people on the autism spectrum who are in the transitional age group of 15 – 21 years. It’s so great to connect with these students.

We’ve also just begun to work with Greenfield Park Elementary school helping with their after school Art club once a month or so, it’s a new project for us but the students there really enjoy working with college students and getting the chance to embrace their creativity through the art projects we do there.

As far as on campus events go we’ve sponsored pumpkin carving and gingerbread houses in the fall semester which are a great way to get off the hill with friends and do some classic holiday activities. Look out for some fun spring semester events like tye-dying! Also, if you’d like to volunteer with us contact McAllister Stephens at stephenm@stolaf.edu for more information.