Mary Mulari-Vintage Aprons
Mary Mulari's Vintage Aprons was a free program offered for adults. Patrons joined Mary for a review and explanation of both vintage and new age aprons with historical details of styles, types, and embellishments. Patrons were invited to bring their own aprons to share stories and details about them. Vintage aprons bring out lots of fond memories and stories of women from the past, often relatives and grandmothers. Aprons tell women's history through a homespun, common garment cover-up.
The intended outcome of the arts program is to allow patrons the opportunity to create hands-on art projects and develop their skills as visual artists, such as creative problem solving, self-expression, small motor development, etc. A survey was distributed to receive feedback from those attending the programs.
Surveys were distributed to participants at all programs. 92% strongly agreed that this was an enjoyable experience and 87% strongly agreed that they would attend a similar event. Comments: Loved the history, the memories, and the stories. Many people stayed after the program to hear even more insights from Mary. I learned a lot of history.
17 libraries and 1 community center provided space, staff, and additional promotion for the programs and approximately 9 regional newspapers provided marketing through press releases, photos and interviews with artists and performers.