It doesn’t take much to elicit excitement from Crystal River Elementary School’s after-school art students. All Kat Rich had to say were two lines:
“I’m the project director for the Rosybelle bus,” said Rich, who oversees Carbondale Arts’ school-bus-turned-makerspace. The 12 third- and fourth-grade students cheered. “And we’re very excited because you’re the very first class on the bus.” At that, the kids erupted.
The Tuesday visit to the Carbondale school introduced the bus to its target audience: Garfield County students. Rosybelle will return to Crystal River each Tuesday through May 16, and the bus’ summer schedule is filling quickly.
“We think we’ve hit on a real need and real excitement,” Carbondale Arts Executive Director Amy Kimberly said earlier in the year, after the organization announced the bus’ successful funding. “We’re being approached by a lot of groups and schools.”