Cherrywood Neighborhood Arts Group Provides Special Gift to PCC Family

June 28, 2007
People’s Community Clinic provides a lot of things to a lot of people, but until now, it’s never provided art lessons. After featuring the Tolbert family in the Austin American-Statesman’s Season for Caring campaign, the clinic received calls from many readers interested in assisting the Tolbert family. Offers of help ranged from donations of a wheelchair-accessible van, grocery gift cards, clothing and toys. The Cherrywood Urban Landscape and Arts League, or CHULA, sought to provide a different type of gift-the gift of art lessons.

People’s Community Clinic’s Chief Executive Officer Regina Rogoff, upon reviewing the family’s wish list, posted a notice to the Cherrywood neighborhood association listserve, seeking an artist to provide art lessons to one of the Tolbert children. It was a long shot, she believed, but she knew the neighborhood to be generous and artistic and she figured it was worth the effort. Rogoff is a long time Cherrywood resident and People’s Community Clinic has been based on the edge of the neighborhood since 1991. Learning of Jonathon Tolbert’s simple wish for art lessons and supplies, CHULA secretary Jane Walton began considering what the organization could do to be involved. The CHULA board decided to sponsor artist Lucy Lenoir, an artist with many years experience teaching art to youth, to provide six lessons to Jonathon.

Now in her second month providing art lessons to Jonathon, Ms. Lenoir says, “I feel so fortunate that I get to work with Jonathan, he's a very enthusiastic student and kind and intelligent young man. It's been a great experience so far.”

Jonathon’s mother, Nancy Tolbert, says the lessons have inspired Jonathon to be creative and use everyday household objects to make art. “He always did like to draw and since he began the lessons, he’s always in his room creating something—he recently made a television from a cardboard box and string. The art lessons teach him to make the best of what he has around him and more importantly, to explore who he wants to be.”

Jonathon says that he most enjoys making clay vases and painting. He adds that Lucy is “nice and kind.”

PCC would like to thank Lucy Lenoir and CHULA for making this unique collaboration possible. You may learn more about CHULA at


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People’s Community Clinic offers comprehensive, community-wide health care services that include family planning; prenatal care; pediatrics; adolescent medicine and adult medical care; as well as health education, prevention and social services. Founded in 1970, the Clinic is among the oldest and most successful independent clinics in the country providing high quality health care to thousands of uninsured and medically underserved children and adults each year.


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