BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - A husband and wife artist team from Delaware County is continuing their mission of healing through art by partnering with an organization that grew out of the Sandy Hook Elementary tragedy.
Inside her studio in Franklin, Elizabeth Bryan-Jacobs is putting the finishing touches on artwork she will be exhibiting later this month in Greenwich, Connecticut.
She and her husband Bobby Jacobs founded The Spread Your Wings Project as a way to raise money for children's hospitals and organizations that respond to mass tragedies like the one that took place at Sandy Hook in 2012.
Proceeds from her sales at her upcoming show will support a collaboration between Spread Your Wings and Dylan's Wings of Change, an organization founded by Ian Hockley that honors the memory of his son Dylan, one of 20 young students murdered at the school.
His organization has developed a social and emotional learning program called Wingman.
Bryan-Jacobs says Dylan, who had autism, always felt most at peace when surrounded by people he loved.
"We all need a wingman. Who doesn't want to feel included? Who doesn't want other people to treat them with compassion and empathy? It's really a basic human need to feel loved and included."
The 2 organizations are partnering on a pilot project called Spread Your Wings with Wingman.
This Fall, students at New Fairfield Middle School in Connecticut, where Wingman started, will paint over 350 individual feathers cut from canvas that Bryan-Jacobs will then assemble into a large wall sculpture to be hung in the school.
Sponsorships of the feathers will raise money for Dylan's Wings of Change.
The goal is to then take the project to the roughly 40 other schools and organizations which participate in the Wingman project.
For more information, go to The SpreadYourWingsProject.org