Left Brain + Right Brain = Studio Bella for Kids! When the gears are turning, kids have a more vested interest in what they are doing and will learn more regardless of subject. Search engines and ‘apps’ provide information, but tomorrow’s leaders will need to understand how to interpret, process and creatively use information to “solve” the complex challenges we face. At Studio Bella for Kids, your children won’t realize they’re developing necessary skills for tomorrow!
Serving the Community and Giving back/Philanthropy
Studio Bella’s goal is to make the world a better, happier, and more beautiful place for all. And we share that mission with the kids we work with in our Explorers program and in our summer camps.
Every month, our Explorers after school program choose a charity which the children can give back to with their creative work and begin to understand that each of us can make a positive impact on our community … and the world. We call it Philanthropy Friday.
A few organizations we’ve supported include:
Meals on Wheels – we created laminated placements for over 150 shut-ins
Animal Shelters – we created safe toys for animals in shelters
Public Schools – fulfilling PTA requests of decorating for events
Armed Forces and Veterans – writing letters to those that serve for us
One of our lasting summer traditions is tie dying a t-shirt or bag at each and every summer camp. All of our campers, from preK to tweens take part in this tradition every Monday. Kids have the opportunity to donate their shirt or bag to Diapers Etc. And sometimes it is very hard to donate their artwork! Each donated piece is folded with love and has a hang tag attached that says, made by a kid for a kid. We celebrate the child’s decision to give to those in need!
We also serve our community by donating to over 20 silent auctions a year, ranging from nonprofit causes to public and private schools in both the Dallas and Richardson.
Owner Tammy Bardwell is an award winning graphic designer with a master’s degree in graphic design and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She created Studio Bella for her two boys over 11 years ago in her backyard. She lives an adventurous life in Casa Linda with her husband, 2 children, 3 dogs, a cat, a tank full of fish and two turtles!
Grants and Grant Opportunities in Dallas
As an independent artist, Tammy Bardwell, believes in values of both the Office of Cultural Affairs Plan and the Dallas Arts District Plan.
Collaboration, Education, Community, Inclusion, and Innovation are so important within a vibrant arts and cultural community. By applying for grants through both of these organizations, Tammy has been able to reach residents and students with programming throughout Dallas. Continuing her work as an artist, she continues to apply for these grants to share her knowledge, innovation, ideas and expertise, and to also share new opportunities for people within Dallas.
The secret to our success is our dedicated, passionate, hardworking team. They share a desire to serve children with creativity, respect and fun. Whether it be in the office, behind the scenes or guiding/facilitating activities in a camp, a class or in the studio, you’ll see our secret at work everyday in the awakening minds and laughter our community’s children.