I was fortunate enough to be awarded a Sparks grant from The Golden Thread Gallery. The money was used to fund a program for students at the CREC Greater Hartford Arts Academy. They carved two different designs of plaques for the stables at The Ebony Horse Women's Center in Hartford, CT. The students did a great job, for many of them this was their first attempt at woodcarving. We took a field trip with their teacher, also my wife, Anita Balkun. It was a great day and a great project. thanks again to Tricia and Kate at The Golden Thread Gallery for putting on the Sparks program.