Grand Rapids Club Members' Artwork goes to Indy
February 16th, 2014
Over the last year, the members from each of the Boys & Girls Clubs have been able to flex their creative muscles in the Art Room. Each of our three Clubs has a dedicated staff member to host art programs. Activities range from simple construction paper crafts to highly advanced fine art activities, and the creativity that flows through the Club cannot be stopped. In December, we hosted an art contest for kids that had been participating in weekly fine arts lessons judged by community members. The artwork that was produced for this contest was exhibited at the Winter Arts Showcase, which shows a spotlight on the Clubs' Performing and Visual Arts programs.
The winners of this contest will be exhibited at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis Regional Art Show as a part of the National Fine Arts Program hosted by Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Studies show that participating in art programs "benefit from a wide range of positive effects including development of creativity and thinking skills, better self-expression, appreciation of art and music, learning about other cultures, and enriched personal satisfaction with their achievements". (Artinaction.org) Artists at the Boys & Girls Clubs benefit from daily after-school art programs. The chance to exhibit locally, regionally, and —with luck—nationally with the National Fine Arts program is a great opportunity for recognition of this creativity.
The next programs hosted by the Art Department are the ImageMakers photography program, hosting a show at each Club's Family Night on March 26th, and an emphasis on painting that will include private lessons from local artists.