December 2020

senior center art kits
warren county senior center
art kit help
art kit help
art kit help
art kit delivery
art kit help

The microWave Project with the help of the community and the Front Royal Women's Resource Center helped to spread Christmas cheer to Senior Citizens in our community by donating to the Hidden Springs Senior Living and to the Warren County Senior Center 72 specially curated art kits. 

November 2020

Center Stage Interview with Jennifer Freer Avery

Click the image below to read about and listen to the interview by Jennifer Freer Avery for her "Center Stage" as part of Front Royal Women's Resource Center's Dare To Dream Program. 

center stage interview
FRWRC interview

Front Royal Women's Resource Centers' Dare to Dream Program created short videos of the Dare to Dream Recipients. Click here to view the video they made of me and how I chose to spend the Grant Award. 

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art camp in a bag kits

July 2020




Dare to Dream Grant Recipient, Mary Cook from the microWave Project, created Art Camp in a Bag kits for 50 Children in the Community as part of the Warren County Park and Recreation’s Stay Home And Stay Active Kits.  The microWave Project’s mission is to create small waves of change in the community through art and art experiences.  She is currently providing art workshops, and art kits out of her personal art studio in Front Royal, VA. 


Front Royal Womens Resource Center recently awarded Cook a Dare to Dream Grant so that she could provide affordable art opportunities to children in the community.  Cook believes art should be accessible to all people regardless of their socio-economic status. The process of making art has proven to help lift people up, build their self confidence, help ease anxiety, loss and emotional pain. Children love to be able to work with their hands, to get lost in the process of art making. Art play workshops offer this opportunity to children.  Cook had hoped to bring art workshops to children in the community this summer but with our current global situation with Covid 19 that dream was put on hold.  Cook states, “If I can’t bring the children to my art workshops then maybe I can bring my workshops to them.”  The Art Camp Kits include 6 fun and engaging projects complete with instructions. Explore Art and Clay worked with Cook to provide a fun clay project in the kits as well.


The Warren County Parks and Recreation will provide the kits to the first 50 kids that register and they will be distributed this Friday, July 10. REGISTRATION FOR WEEK 12 starts Tuesday, July 7 at 8am. The boxes are free and limited to the first 50 registrants. Limit one (1) per household and registrant must be under the age of 12 years old. This week’s box is courtesy of the Art Nest owner Mary Cook. To register for week 12, July 13 through July 17, please visit Boxes MUST be picked up at the Warren County Community Center on the afternoon of Friday, July 10, 2020. Specific instructions will be emailed to registered participants on Thursday evening. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Warren County Community Center: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., (540) 635-1021 or via email: at

This will be the final week of the Stay Home & Stay Active boxes

March 2020
I am super proud to have been awarded a "Dare to Dream" Grant by the Front Royal Women's Resource Center! It's so exciting that they are taking a chance on my dream to bring art to as many children as I can out into the community! 


Below is the link to the article about the program and the winning grantees. 

“Dare to Dream” awards made at a “breakfast/non-breakfast” by Front Royal women’s group



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May 2019
As the Artist in Residence for Mountain Laurel Montessori School, Mary Cook, owner of microWave project, worked with the Junior High Students from the school to create a "Wishing Tree" that was installed at the Valley Health Cancer Center in Winchester, VA and included an origami crane workshop for patients, staff and families. The local news segment and newspaper article below highlights the project.