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All Kids Can CREATE Program Invites All Children to Exercise Their Creativity through Art

Calling all students to share their inspiration! We're very excited to announce the launch of the 2012 All Kids Can CREATE campaign, and we're inviting all young artists from around the country to submit their artwork for the chance to be featured in a national exhibition in Washington, D.C. All Kids Can CREATE is a fantastic program made possible through our partnership with VSA, the international organization on arts and disability, that encourages children of all abilities to express themselves through original artwork.

Art is a powerful tool that can inspire creativity and build self-esteem and self-confidence in children. As the only visual arts program of its kind that showcases how students with and without disabilities learn through the arts, All Kids Can CREATE has received thousands of artwork submissions since 2007 that demonstrate how all children can engage in art to help them grow and reach their full potential.

This year, the theme of our program is "What Inspires Me," and we're inviting children to reflect on what inspires them and express those inspirations through their art. Submissions are being accepted on http//www.artsonia.com/allkidscan until April 8, 2012.

Artwork received before April 8 will be featured in an online gallery and will be considered for display at the "What Inspires Me" exhibition debuting at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C. in August 2012. One hundred and two pieces of art - two from each state and the District of Columbia - will be part of the exhibition.

Every piece of artwork we receive through the All Kids Can CREATE program celebrates each individual student, and we know there is no limit to the imagination. Children are invited to create original pieces of art by using traditional art materials as well as non-traditional ones, such as wrapping paper, newspaper or aluminum foil. 

As All Kids Can CREATE works to expand access and learning through the arts for students of all abilities in schools and communities across the country, we are also honoring teachers that foster artistic environments in their classrooms. Teachers who submit their students' artwork are eligible to receive one of four $1,500 cash awards to use in their classrooms.

We believe art has a positive influence on children of all abilities and we hope you will encourage your child to transform a blank canvas into an amazing piece of original artwork. To submit, please visit http://www.artsonia.com/allkidscan.

Howard Boone
Eileen Howard Boone is Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility & Philanthropy at CVS Caremark and is President of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. Eileen oversees CVS Caremark’s philanthropic programs and the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, which supports communities by working closely with nonprofit grantees dedicated to providing health care to the uninsured and caring for children with disabilities. One of her most significant accomplishments is establishing CVS Caremark’s All Kids Can program and helping thousands of children on the path to better health. As a mother of six children who works with organizations that support children every day, Eileen knows firsthand the importance of inclusion and giving children of all abilities equal opportunity to learn and grow together. Eileen is a graduate of the College of the Holy Cross and received her MBA from Fordham University. Prior to joining CVS Caremark she gathered a wide range of executive-level experience, including work for JP Morgan, Talbots and Office Depot.