What’s still to come…

As we round the corner on the last days in our current studio space, we want to see your friendly faces a few more times. One of the most important pieces of being a business owner for me, was the ability to give back to the community so it only seems fitting that our last official camps do just that. Whether it be to give a student who couldn’t otherwise participate an affordable way to do so or by teaching the students involved the power of art in making statement and changing lives. So find some time to join in next week for our:

Pay What You Can: Art For Good Camps

A week full of up-cycled crafts for a good cause! We’ll spend some time learning about local non-profits doing good work in the twin cities and decide on who we want to make a donation to, create up-cycled arts and crafts and put them up for sale at Community Grounds in a Silent Auction on Friday, August 18th-Saturday August 19th with 100% of the sales of the pieces going to the organizations that the children have decided to support! We have 3 options for this camp a 2 day all ages preschool friendly care-giver/child workshop (Mon-Tue 9:30-12) and 2 day elementary drop off session (Wed-Thu 9-12) and a 4 day afternoon (Mon-Thu 1-4pm) middle level program.

Pay What You Can: Sign up via the web link (, but the ticket prices for these camps are truly suggested donations to cover supplies and overhead, if your child would love this, but the cost of the ticket is too much select pay in studio and name your own price in the notes. I’ll honor that price as you pay on arrival.

Silent Auction and Sale: On August 18th-19th, all of the work created by these incredible kids will be up for sale or auction at Community Grounds Coffee Shop! The sale will open at 3pm on August 18th and Close at 2pm on August 19th. There will be some simple purchase and walk away with them items along with a few larger pieces for silent auction that you will have to try your hand at bidding for! All proceeds from the art sale will got to a local non-profit that the students select during the camps!

Open Studio Opportunities:

Some of the best times in the studio come when you get to drop in when you are ready and work at your own pace in your own creative way. We will continue to hold open studios on Tuesday evenings from 5:30-7:30 through Sept 12th and Saturdays: August 26th 10am-2m, September 9th 10am-12pm and Sept 16th 10am-2pm.

Remaining Adult Offerings:

We all know the studio isn’t just for the kids! Drop in for one of our remaining adult nights to get a little grown up crafting in! We’ve got some fun Thursdays to finish off our time in the studio for our adult friends:


August 17th, 7:30-10pm: Macrame Plant Holders and a macrame warm-up ($25)

August 24th, 7:30-9:30: Simple Jewels and Rustic Vases ($25)

Sept 7th, 7:30-9:30:Hookers and Needlers, Knitting, Crocheting and other needlework group ($5 suggested donation)

Sept 14th, 7:30-9:30: Scrapbook Floral Canvas ($25)




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2 weeks of fun still to come!



Pre-K-K caregiver/child workshops ($60)and series ($100)

Art for Good August 14-15th,9:30-12pm (Name Your Price Sale: suggested donation $50, 2 days, $25/day)

Creative Kidlit: Fridays from 9-10am, June 16-Aug 18th ($10 drop in rate)

Elementary (k-5) 4 day morning or afternoon camps

The Science of Color: August 7-10 9am-12pm (now on sale for $125)
Mythical Creatures and the tales they tell, Aug 7th, 1-4pm (now on sale for $125)
Art For Good: August 15-16th, 9am-12 (Name Your Price Sale: suggested donation $50/2 days, $25/day)

Middle Level programs(4-8)

Art For Good: August 13-16th, 1-4pm (Name Your Price Sale: suggested donation $100

/all 4 days, $25/day)

What is Art for Good Camp?

Art For Good is our summer camp that shares with kids and families how art can make an impact, from choosing recycled and upcycled materials to creating our art to use the profits from art sales to support local non-profits. We will spend the week creating upcycled art that we will put up for sale at Community Grounds Coffee Shop on August 18-19th. 100% of the sales will be donated to a local non-profit that the students choose during the course of the camp week. This camp is intended to be a community give back so the price to participate is fully negotiable. There are suggested prices listed above, but any child that wants to join in can join in for whatever amount their family can afford!

See You in the Studio,

Ariane Kokes, Creative Director, Created to Grow

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Final Summer Sale and Big Changes to come!

End of Summer Daycamp sale and bonus Farmers Market code

Our community collaboration with the NE Farmers Market resulted in this beautiful sandwich board painted by the kids of the market!

Let’s fill our final weeks of camp! All camps are now reduced by $10-25 and we are ready to celebrate this beautiful summer with lots of creative kids! Sale prices still not quite low enough? Head on over to the Northeast Farmers Market Facebook page, give them a like and find a code for an extra 10% off your cart total!

and now for the BIG CHANGES!

Many of you have heard that there are changes in the works for our next chapter. I am posting today to share our bittersweet news. Created to Grow is giving up our physical space in exchange for a more mobile version of our current model. I will without a doubt shed tears as we walk out of our St. Anthony Studio at the end of September, because it has housed many memories, great ideas, big creativity, laughter and tears that will stay with me for a lifetime. This little business has created an extended family for mine and has afforded me the ability to give back to my community in a way I never could as in individual. I’m forever grateful for everyone who has supported each step along the way and especially, for each child I have seen grow and become in our creative space.

We are at a crossroads and I was at a point where a decision had to be made. The business is ok with only me but the overhead too costly to hire. My leave of absence from teaching is up and I needed to decide whether or not I was returning to the classroom. I am. My children are heading to Kindergarten and it has become very clear over my years as a business owner that my true career is in the public school classroom. That said I’m also not ready to see Created to Grow, the community that it created and the creativity it nurtured to disappear. While I head back to teaching, we will be finding new spaces to offer our programs and will continue to be available for offsite community collaborations like those we’ve done at the Farmers Market, public libraries, daycares and schools. We will have very limited hours in September and I will be taking all of October off from Created to Grow as I settle back into my classroom. In November, we will begin our next chapter by offering a selection of our classes at Community Grounds Coffee Shop in Columbia Heights! This incredible community space has been a great source of support as we held our after school and homeschool gallery shows and we look forward to expanding our partnership.
For those wondering about the non-profit, I am continuing work on heading towards a non-profit status so our Created to Grow work can reach more children and we hope to have that in place before we reopen in our mobile version in November. It has taken a little longer than expected, but it is not gone and the process is just a little more than I could handle while also managing all the aspects of running the business as it exists. This is one of the reasons for the hiatus between the physical space and the new pop-up version of our programing to ensure I have time to work on and establish the status change.

So with this I say change is in the air, but we are not disappearing, stay with me as Created to Grow gets a little quieter in September and October and we’ll see you in November.

As I sign off today, I say thank you and as always (for now)

Lots of love and see you in the Studio,


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Drop ins welcome all week and extra open studio hours!

Drop in when you can:

Did you know that I am always willing to prorate camps for the days that you can come if you can’t make all 4 days (or both for pre-k)?! We’d love to have you and/or your children in the studio when it works for you. Register through the links here for full camps as the stand and use the code lastchance17 to get 15% off the already reduced prices or just drop in when you can and we’ll prorate your bill for the amount of time/number of days you can join in!

This weeks camps are quiet and on SALE so we’d love to have you! We have plenty of room in both our morning pre-k mini camps and our afternoon Glitter and Glow Camp for elementary students.

Monday and Tuesday join in for Dinosaurs and Fossils in our Dino Stomp Camp from 9:30-12pm with lots of fun prehistorically themed art and plenty of play and snack time build in to keep our little friends active and engaged!


Thursday we have an Ooey Gooey Morning creating all kinds of sensory fun from colorful foam to silly slime. From 9:30-12 you can enjoy all those messy projects you’ve thought about doing, but you can’t imagine finding a place for in your home!


Glitter and Glow was a favorite last summer where all of our art materials either shimmer and shine in the light or glow in the dark! This k-5 drop off camp runs from 1-4pm Monday through Thursday!

Bonus Open Studio Hours!

With quieter camps we’ve found it totally possible to open the studio up to drop ins while still keeping camp running smoothly so Tuesday-Thursday the studio will have open studio projects ready and availability from 2-4pm!

Art and Ice Cream Schedule Change

Our weekly Tuesday evening Art and Ice Cream Open Studio will be just a little earlier this week from 5-6:30 instead of 5:30-7:30 as we reach out to our neighbors in the Lowry Grove Neighborhood and provide a meal to support them as they prepare for this challenging week with the closing of the park. If you would like to know how to help this community in their move to their next chapter feel free to send me an email at and I will put you in contact with the volunteer coordinators.

See you in the Studio,




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It’s Open Studio Week and a last chance camp sale!

Half Price Open Studios!

Open Studio Week! Haven’t been to the studio in a while? or wanting to check it out for the first time? Want to check out the space (and the teacher) before you commit to a 4 day camp? Drop in anytime this Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday from 10am-3pm for a half price open studio! Get all your summer camp questions answered and take care of registrations!

Last Chance Camp Sale!

The early bird may have caught the worm with our best deals, but the procrastinators can catch a pretty great clearance sale including our already on sale am camp for this week!! There’s still time to join in for Nature’s Creative Collectors and all of our other great summer offerings. If you haven’t checked out our summer programs schedule yet or just realized you have another week to add some fun for your kids head on over to the summer programs page and see what we have to offer, then use the code lastchance17 to take 15% off you cart including class packs if you are thinking open studios or drop in pre-k Fridays are more up your alley than a camp. Returning students would have gotten an email with a returning client discount and these two are stackable! If you are a returning client and didn’t receive that email please reach out so I can pass it on and help you catch a little extra savings on your camps!

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Still time to join in! Summer Camps Kick off this week!

Science of Color Workshop!

We are excited to kick off our first summer pre-k camp of the season with a popular camp from last summer and we have room for a few more friends! Though this is listed as pre-k it would really be fun for early elementary as well so pre-k through 1st or 2nd grade, join in and you and your kiddos will be greeted by rainbow sudsy bubbles to explore how colors mix, play with shadows and light, make your own art supplies and finish our 2 day workshop with a color wheel you can EAT with lots more in between! Sign up or just show up, we’d love to have you!

A Sampler for the K-5ers Pizza included!

Think your kids would love Created to Grow, but not sure which classes to choose! Drop them off to check out sampler class this Thursday from 9-3 and we’ll help you decide what’s right for them and make sure they are well fed with Parkway Pizza while they are here!

Art and Ice Cream back in Full Swing and Creative Kidlit moves to Friday mornings:

Can’t commit to weeklong camps, but want to join in for Creative fun here and there. Join in for our Art and Ice Cream Open Studios on a theme every Tuesday evening from 5:30-7:30 for all ages and get a kids cone coupon to take over to dairy queen after you finish making art or join in for our popular drop in Pre-k/K Friday morning Creative Kidlit sessions from 9-10am!


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Summer Kick-Off tonight, Showing off our work tomorrow!

As we wrap up our spring programs, we are diving into summer programs in the studio for an open studio tonight and at Community Grounds Coffee Shop for a showing of the elementary and middle level programs tomorrow!

Summer Kick-off: Art And Ice Cream Open Studio

Created to Grow Showcase at Community Grounds


Wednesday, May 31st is a great opportunity to find out what Created to Grow Classes are all about through the finished work of our students. The show will open with a make your own art bonus project from 5:30-7pm and will remain up for viewing through Monday, June 5th.

Community Grounds Coffee Shop is located at 560 40th Ave NE, Columbia Heights, MN 55421


See you in the Studio! (or at the coffee shop)

Ariane Kokes


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We Whirled You SAVE!

Art-A-Whirl Special

It may have been a rainy Art-A-Whirl, but it was a wonderful weekend to make art together! Our community collaboratives bounced around NE and were full of enthusiastic artists and thankfully most of our stops were indoors this year. We also have a great Art-a-Whirl Weekend Special on our summer programs and, because our website was a little wonky this weekend, I’m extending it through WEDNESDAY! Sign up for any summer program and enter the code AAW2017 now through this Wednesday May 24th and get 20%off you summer registration. This code is stackable with our Take3 and Take5 codes if you are signing up for multiple camps.

Our 2017 tour!

NE Farmers’ Market

We kicked off our weekend at the rainy NE Farmers market where you can find us every other Saturday now through the end of August! Now that we got the rain out of the way for a season we’ll hope for sunny days to support our local growers, businesses and get crafty in the kids tent!

Hennepin County Library Installations

Then I headed out to complete our Community Hives at the NE and Pierre Bottineau Libraries! Check out these wonderful installations designed by our community!! They will be on display for the next three weeks and at Pierre Bottineau they have the supplies to make more bees so you can even add to the installation if you stop in when their wonderful children’s librarian is working!

The Northeast Library Hive!

The Pierre Bottineau Library Hive












I’ve been lucky enough to have found this incredible group of individuals who meet at Eastside Neighborhood Services on a regular basis and was excited to join them in some really cool collaborative work. If you want to know more about Intertwine head on over to their website:

For Easter we built nests on the concept of Build, Grow, Fly:

and through Intertwine-A-Whirl we created the birds ready to fly away from them:

So that is the story of how we whirled and how you can SAVE!

See you in the studio,

Ariane Kokes


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Back in the swing! Mother’s Day open studios and summer camp sale!

Something for a Mother (or a teacher) Open Studios!

Want to do something handmade for mom or grandma or that special auntie this mother’s day? Both our Tuesday  evening and Wednesday Midday Open Studios will be filled with giftable options for our something for a mother open studio and guess what? It’s also teacher appreciation week so with three choices you can take care of gifts for mom AND teachers! Stop in anytime Tuesday 6-8pm and Wednesday 10:30-1:30 and get gifty!

Summer Camp Sale!

I figure there’s nothing mothers need more than a little time off and a little savings so for this week only Early Bird Prices have returned so you can plan yourself a little summer break by enrolling your children in our 4 day half day camps AND save money while you’re at it that you can squirrel away to get your self a treat while you are getting a little escape from the daily grind! For those pre-k moms, sorry I still don’t offer drop offs, but I DO offer a morning that is all planned and organized so you don’t have to and you can still snag the early bird price savings too!

May is $5 drop in month!

When the weather gets nice the studio gets a little quieter before our summer camps fill up with busy summer fun so during the month of May is a great time to drop in and try us for the first time. New families get a $5 drop in rate (regular $15) for their first time in any of our pre-k or homeschool classes.

 See you in the Studio!



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A very special FREE event and some scheduling changes

LOOK, SEE, ART: Building a Community Hive at the Northeast Libraries

You can BEE the artists for this year’s Art-A-Whirl Hennepin County Library Installations. Join Created to Grow for our hive making workshops on May 6th at Northeast Library (9am-12pm) and Pierre Bottineau Library (1-4pm) then come back for Art A Whirl and create bees to live in the hives! This free event will lead to the Art-a-Whirl installation of a community hive at both of the popular NE libraries to be on display for Art-A-Whirl (May 20th) where you can drop in and create bees to live in the hives! Join in become a part of the art a whirl experience.

Schedule Changes and Cancellations:

This week’s schedule is going to be a bit different as one of my children has a week of many appointments and a short inpatient hospital stay. All is well and we have lots of great help from family and friends at home, but our hours at the studio will be quite limited. Most regular series classes at the studio stand aside from Creative Kidlit on Tuesday afternoon which is cancelled. There will be no Tuesday drop in play, open studios or adult events in the studio or classes at the Farmhouse Market. Thanks for the well wishes from our regular clients who’ve shown support for us during this busy and challenging week. We’ll be back in full swing next week and I’d love to see you at the library events this weekend!

This week’s remaining schedule: 

Artistic Adventures After School Class 3:45-6pm, Tuesday

First Art: 9:30-10:15, Wednesday and Thursday

Homeschool Arts Collective, 10:30-11:30 Thursday

Crafty Caregivers 10:15-12:00, Friday

See you in the studio,



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