An exhibit at the Yorktown museum will feature the talents and work of long time resident, Pat Hosley Kibbe. Pat graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She is an actress whose career has led her from Broadway roles to television. After a very robust career in acting and radio during the late 1940's, 1950's and 1960’s, Pat moved to Yorktown Heights, where she raised five children. Once in Yorktown she continued acting in many commercials and became an author of numerous popular children's books including The Hocus Pocus Dilemma, My Mother the Mayor, Maybe, and Mrs. Kiddy and the Moonbooms.
A 1986 speaking engagement at a middle school in Vermont about being an author inspired a change in her life work. She showed the children a photograph and newspaper article about a young refugee boy from Cambodia. One student raised his hand and asked if they could write to him. Pat explained that they couldn’t write to him because he spoke a different language. Pat suggested that they could draw a picture. They did draw a picture for that little boy, and Pat took it all the way to Cambodia to deliver it to him. In 1991, spawned from this idea, Kids to Kids International was created.
From that point on Pat dedicated her life’s work to helping American children create artwork and books to send to children all across the world in an effort to promote peace and friendship beyond borders. “Friendship boxes” as they are called include student created picture books, school supplies, and a disposable camera for the recipients to take photographs and send them back. Kids to Kids International has worked with numerous organizations including the United Nations, AmeriCorps, the Peace Corps and many more. Kids to Kids International has distributed tens of thousands of books and school supplies to children in refugee camps and war torn countries throughout the world.
This museum exhibit is a collection of remarkable artwork and photographs that have been obtained over the past 28 years from all around the world. Please join us as we honor Pat Kibbe, and Kids to Kids Internationals accomplishments on June 21st at 1p at the Yorktown museum located at 1974 Commerce St in Yorktown Heights, NY. Light refreshments will be served.
Please contact Corinne Wynne (914)248-8678 for more information.