Museum helping grow young artists

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September 16, 2011 | Share |
Silas McPherson participates recently at ‘Homegrown FAM,’ a children’s art series sponsored by the WCU Fine Art Museum at the Jackson County Farmers Market.

Silas McPherson participates recently at ‘Homegrown FAM,’ a children’s art series sponsored by the WCU Fine Art Museum at the Jackson County Farmers Market. The arts program will run through October and resume in the spring.

The Fine Art Museum at Western Carolina University, with funding from the Jackson County Arts Council, is hosting a free children’s arts series this fall during the Jackson County Farmers Market.

“Homegrown FAM: Family Art at the Market” will run from 10 a.m. to noon each Saturday through October at Sylva’s Bridge Park. The Jackson County Farmers Market is held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays through October in the adjacent municipal parking lot before moving indoors for the winter. The arts programming will resume when the farmers market moves back outside for the spring. There is no charge for the program, and children ages 3 through 11 are invited to participate.

The Jackson County Arts Council, with funds originally from the N.C. Arts Council, granted $1,480 to the WCU Fine Arts Museum.

“We’re thrilled to receive this funding from the Jackson County Arts Council, which will help us teach vital life skills such as cooperation and critical thinking to our children through art-making,” said Denise Drury, interim director of the WCU Fine Art Museum. “As a teaching and research-based art museum, our exhibitions often are challenging for younger audiences. This project is a way that we can teach young ones about the museum’s exhibits in an accessible and appropriate way.”

As added benefits of the grant, the museum will hire Jackson County residents as art educators and provide a service to the farmers market, Drury said.

The program is great for children and their parents, said Jenny McPherson, manager of the Jackson County Farmers Market. “It introduces kids to the fine arts in an area where they might not otherwise get that exposure,” McPherson said. “And parents are able to enjoy their time at the market while their children are having fun.”

For more information about “Homegrown FAM,” contact Drury at 828-227-2553 or email ddrury@wcu.edu. For more information about the Jackson County Arts Council, go online to www.jacksoncountyarts.org. For more information about the Fine Art Museum at WCU, go online to fineartmuseum.wcu.edu.


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