The Link Between Creativity and Courage – LPK Celebrates the Season of Giving by Passing It On

19 Dec 2011
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With the season of giving upon us, LPK is celebrating the possibilities of passing it on, whether it’s a big idea, a whole new perspective or simply a gesture of goodwill. This holiday season, we are committed to fostering young imaginations by supporting two great organizations who see the innate link between sparking creativity and providing a foundation from which courage can grow—Ensemble Theatre and Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati.

Each holiday season, the Ensemble Theatre recreates a classical fairy tale with a modernized, non-denominational twist. The family productions are written by local playwrights and focus on promoting positive values through larger themes. Though many classic tales clearly divide good and evil, the Ensemble Theatre hopes to show children that even the best of us can make mistakes. This year’s production, Snow White, focuses on the theme of redemption and reveals that it’s how we handle our mistakes that defines us.

The theatre’s Fairy Godmother program invites children, most of whom who have never seen a live play, to family-friendly early evening performances throughout the season. Through generous donations from individuals and companies like LPK, they are also able to provide bus transportation, treats and a coat drive, and to follow up on the children’s experience in school. With this year’s production of Snow White, children were given a coloring project, asking, “What would the magic mirror say to you”?

LPK hopes to pass the creativity along this season with Operation Christmas Crayons. Employees donated old, used and broken crayons, which we sorted into color groups. Using silicone ice cube trays from Ikea as molds, we melted the crayons in the oven at 225º, and once they cooled, simply popped them from the molds. The process created unique and rejuvenated prismatic crayons shaped as flowers. After being repackaged, the crayons were distributed with holiday-themed notebooks at the Boys and Girls Clubs annual holiday party, along with a trove of presents that LPK employees donated during our yearly Unwrapped campaign.