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Public Forum on After School Arts Education
Kids painting at the Arts Council booth last year.
During the fall of 2012 the Arts Council provided several opportunities, in the park or in the street, for families to take up a paintbrush and simple paint whatever was in their minds. These were acrylic paints. They are so much fun to use and give budding artists a delicious sense of creating something quite special.
I remember as parents stood and watched their kids paint – reaching for one color after another, experimenting with the feel and texture of the paint, totally enwrapped in their little project. It was then that the questions kept coming, “Where can I find after school art classes for my child?”
We needed answers, and now we have some. For there are considerable opportunities for elementary school kids to engage their inner creative souls if only they know where to look.
It is critical to the development of children that their creativity be cultivated and inspired. The value of arts in a well-rounded education cannot be underestimated. It will be one of the greatest challenges to our schools to bring the arts back into the classroom once the current budget restraints are lifted. However, we cannot allow a generation of our young people to miss out altogether on the arts at such a formative age.
On Thursday, March 7th, the Arts Council will give over most of its monthly General Meeting to a public forum on after schools arts programs. Discussion will also cover the performing arts; dance, drama, music. We will be joined by folks from the Anaheim City School District, the Anaheim YMCA, the Boys and Girls Club, Community Services, and others.
Parents of elementary aged school children are especially welcome.
March 7th, from 5:30 – 7pm at the Downtown Anaheim Community Center, 250 E. Center Street, Anaheim. The program opens informally at 5:30pm with refreshments, followed by music by Beth Fitchet-Wood from The Living Tradition. Then the discussion will commence, emceed by Arts Council President Michael Buss.
By your presence and suggestions you can help shape the outcomes of this important debate.