The Greenville Arts Council was thrilled to host 45 college students on an alternative spring break trip on March 17th and 18th. The University of Minnesota students are members of the service organization Students Today, Leaders Forever and they made E.E. Bass a stop on their Pay it Forward tour. While at E.E. Bass, the students participated in three-hour long projects that helped spruce the building up in anticipation of Greenville Honors Its Own and a busy summer slate. Projects included painting the doors to the auditorium, weeding the garden out back and building and painting pedestals for gallery openings. To date, the group has had over 18,000 participants who have provided over 261,000 hours of community service across the country, including over 1250 hours at E.E. Bass during their various stays.
The project was organized by Benjamin Sheinkin, the new Americorps*VISTA with the Arts Council. He arranged accommodations, including garnering donations from local community members Rebecca Goodman, Susan Crawford, and Hugh and Karen Lee for meals.