The Grow With Art Society offers monthly workshops for children for just $2 per session. On the first Saturday of each month, except for July and August, children participate in a two-hour workshop facilitated by a guest artist. - Submitted
Kingstec is still helping kids Grow With Art.
The community college has hosted the Grow With Art program since 2008. Over the past seven years, says staff member Peggy Duncan, it has grown to become the largest program of its kind in the Atlantic region.
“The program is managed by a group of dedicated volunteers whose primary aim is to encourage art in the lives of children.”
It makes quality, framed reproductions by famous artists available to children, families and schools. Children are invited, she said, to select a print to take home for a month and then return it for another picture. Schools can select a piece of art or borrow prepared art kits to accompany lessons in history, mathematics and literature.
In addition to the rental aspect of the program, the Grow With Art Society offers monthly workshops for children for just $2 per session. On the first Saturday of each month, except for July and August, children participate in a two-hour workshop facilitated by a guest artist.
Facilitators this past year, Duncan said, included Mark Oakley, Peter Gordon, Rachel Reeve, Alan Bateman and Struan Robertson from Mermaid Theatre in Windsor. More than 300 children attended 10 workshops.
“Many children come each month, while others attend when the topic has a special interest for them. Often, parents stay to help out and soon find that they are participating in the art workshop as well.”
The society is grateful for all is its community partners, volunteers and supporters, Duncan said. “We extend a special thanks to those who made memorial donations to the program in the name of Gwynneth Wallace,” she said. “Mrs. Wallace was one of the founding members of the Grow With Art program and her vision for a vibrant community based art program for children has become and continues to be a reality.”