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Rocky art classes lead pottery fundraiser for World Relief – Quad |

Rocky art classes lead pottery fundraiser for World Relief – Quad

ROCK ISLAND — Addie Corby-Winn, art teacher at Rock Island High School, has led a community-wide partnership to make dinnerware and help feed the needs of an invaluable local nonprofit.

She got a Quad City Arts “Arts Dollar$” grant to pay for three visiting artists, clay, and glazes for students to make dinnerware during two semesters, and at free fall and spring workshops for the public to try their hand at pottery. The 60-plus completed pieces (plates, bowls and cups) will be used at a May 5 dinner fundraiser, where all proceeds will go to World Relief in Moline.

“We have a lot of students who are refugees and hopefully are getting some help from World Relief,” Ms. Corby-Winn said at her March 28 workshop. “We wanted to keep that positive and help keep that going.”

World Relief is a non-profit agency providing services to refugees and immigrants in western Illinois and eastern Iowa. Its mission is to “serve vulnerable populations in and through partnerships with local churches, agencies, and the community-at-large,” according to It seeks to provide financial, emotional, cultural, and spiritual support to refugees — to integrate them into American society.

Since 1999, World Relief has helped over 1,034 refugees in Rock Island County, according to the website. These refugees have come from Southeast Asia, Africa, Eastern Europe, former Soviet Union, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Rocky art workshops were a way to also encourage parental involvement, to have parents see what their kids are doing in ceramics, and have them join in the project, she said. “The artists are making pieces; I’m making pieces and so are the students,” Ms. Corby-Winn said.

The artists are Jesse Mumm, of Davenport; Jared Moore, of Rock Island, and Carolyn Krueger, owner of The ARTery in downtown Rock Island.

“I do this in my spare time at home, as a hobby, so she had me come in,” said Mr. Moore, whose regular job is a plumber. He’s friends with Ms. Corby-Winn.

The benefit is important “because it’s important fort Addie,” he said. “She’s got something good going on, and I want to help Addie out. It’s for World Relief, so it’s for a good cause.”

“I think this is a really cool thing Addie’s put together for the community, and World Relief is such a great organization,” Ms. Krueger said. Of the high school, from which she graduated in 2003, she said: “This is where I got started, absolutely … I spent a lot of time in this room.”

“I helped load the kilns; I helped clean up. I was in here every morning and afternoon,” she said. It’s important to involve the community in charitable artwork like this, Ms. Krueger said.

“I think it’s great. There aren’t a lot of places people can come and just work with clay. I’m one of the only people who teaches private lessons, which kind of blows my mind.” She teaches at the QC Co-Lab (627 W. 2nd St., Davenport), which has pottery wheels and kilns.

Lena Georgi, of Davenport, was among adults who joined the workshop. She works for One Eighty, a faith-based program in Davenport for those facing addiction, poverty or other crises. It’s a year-long residential program, and Ms. Georgi asked two of the participants to come to the workshop.

She and Ms. Corby-Winn have worked with World Relief, helping set up two Iraqi refugee families in their Rock Island apartments last year. “We built relationships with them. … It was a really neat experience,” Ms. Georgi said. “One of the families we helped set up, their three kids go here.”

She also was in ceramics class at Rock Island (class of ’01). “I loved it; I wasn’t very good back then,” Ms. Georgi said.

Sophomore Kaylee Cather, who is a member of Rocky’s art club, volunteered at the March workshop.

“My art has really improved. She showed me different ways of drawing. I love art,” she said of Ms. Corby-Winn. Of clay, she said: “It’s just fun to play with.”


Deb O’Malley, of Davenport, also came to make a piece, with a friend from her church, Community Christian Fellowship in Moline.

“It’s a fun experience,” she said of the workshop. “I have no skills, but it sounded like a fun way to spend an evening.”

Students from Rocky and Thurgood Marshall will make food for the May 5 dinner, which is from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria, 1400 25th Ave., Rock Island. Admission is $5, and you can keep the dinnerware you use.

You can attend the Rocky spring show — “Seussical the Musical” — afterward in the auditorium,  at 7 p.m. (Tickets are $5 for students; $7 for adults.)

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