Thanks to a grant from the federal government the Burlington Public Library now has a new art program designed to both help people relax and also keep their brains active.
It’s called Creativebug and it is available for free to all Burlington Public Library cardholders. Creativebug offers thousands of award-winning art and craft video classes taught by recognized design experts and artists. Classes include art & design, sewing, quilting, paper, knitting, crochet, food, jewelry, holiday and party items and has programs designed for kids, among other types of art.
Library Director Michael Wick told BNEWS the library’s subscription to the service was made possible by a grant from the federal CARES Act which provided assistance in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds came to the library through the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.
“The Idea behind the grant was expanding libraries’ ability to do remote educational programming,” Wick said. “Our focus is on art and education, creativity and mindfulness, something that can provide relaxation while stimulating the mind. With the pandemic it seemed like a perfect idea.”
Wick added that with many activities either remote or with reduced capacity, it’s a great time to pick up a new activity.
“It’s Something of real value for someone looking to pick up a new art hobby or craft hobby,” he said.
Finally, Wick said he wanted to thank Head Reference Desk Librarian Donna Manoogian for securing the funds and running the program.