“Hanging of the Hands” Initiative
Tens of thousands of pieces of “hand art” will be hung in the Florida Capitol Rotunda starting Sunday, January 21, through Friday, January 26, creating an amazing display of children’s art. Hand art is decorated by children throughout the State of Florida and collected at child care centers, schools, and libraries across the state. The hands hang in the Capitol Rotunda as a reminder to legislators and advocates that we must take care of our most previous commodity – our children.
If you would like for your child’s hand art to be displayed in the Capitol Rotunda during Children’s Week, visit one of the following Northwest Florida public library locations to create art at a special art station. If your child is a Voluntary Prekindergarten student or receiving services through School Readiness, encourage your child’s teacher to participate with us as we encourage all of our contracted providers to create hand art with their students.
If you choose to take a picture of your child with their child art, please tag the masterpiece on social media with #GiveUsAHand.
Above: Capitol Rotunda with Hand Art from throughout the State of Florida, 2017
2017-2018 Participating Locations
Bay County Public Libraries
Parker Public Library
Panama City Beach Public Library
Bay County Public Library
Springfield Public Library
Visit http://www.nwrls.lib.fl.us/ to learn more about the libraries within the Northwest Florida Regional Library System.
Calhoun County Public Libraries
Blountstown Public Library
Altha Public Library
Hugh Creek Park Public Library
Kinard Park Public Library
Mossy Pond Park Public Library
Shelton’s Park Public Library
Visit www.ccpl-fl.net to learn more about the libraries within the Calhoun County Public Library system.
Franklin County Public Libraries
Visit fcpl.wildernesscoast.org for more information about libraries within the Franklin County Public Library system.
Corinne Costin Gibson Memorial Public Library
Charles Whitehead Public Library
Visit www.nwrls.lib.fl.us/ to learn more about libraries within the Northwest Florida Regional Library System.
Holmes County Public Library
Visit www.myhcpl.org to learn more about the Holmes County Public Library.
Jackson County Public Library
Visit www.jcplfl.org to learn more about the libraries within the Jackson County Public Library system.
Washington County Public Libraries
Wausau Public Library
Sam Mitchell Public Library (Vernon Library)
Sunny Hills Public Library
Visit http://www.wcplfl.com/ to learn more about the libraries within the Washington County Public Library system.
Above: Art Station at the Calhoun County Public Library in Blountstown, Florida (March 2017)
Above: Art Station at the Bay County Public Library in Panama City, Florida (March 2017)