Year-round calendar of local art classes and activities slatedWith new art programs being designed through the revived Mitchell Area Arts Council, and a history of successful summer art activities through Mitchell’s Parks and Recreation Department, residents of all ages will soon have outlets for creativity to choose from throughout the year.
With new art programs being designed through the revived Mitchell Area Arts Council, and a history of successful summer art activities through Mitchell’s Parks and Recreation Department, residents of all ages will soon have outlets for creativity to choose from throughout the year.
After weeks of working out details, locations and recruiting instructors, seven new programs will fill a “winter module” for February through March, with AfterSchoolArt and adult watercolor offered at the Mitchell Public Library, Longfellow School, Parks and Rec, and the YWCA. Additional programs are in planning for a spring module in April-May. In June, summer programs will kick in, encompassing arts and sports.
Classes for kids include painting, drawing, collage, crafts and re-creating ancient art from history. Information is available online and through flyers at the Recreation Center. Adults interested in watercolor workshops can also find information on the Parks and Rec pages of the City’s website, www.CityofMitchell.org.
“Registering online through our website or dropping by the Center offers a central place to distribute and collect information,” said Billie Kelly, of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Kelly said it’s deja vu from 30 years ago when she and MAAC’s Georgi Streetman laid out plans with other community creatives to launch summer art programs. “Not only have many of those programs continued,” she said, “but with Parks and Rec development of a central registration system over the years, it only makes sense to join forces in strengthening arts for all in the community.”
“This collaborative effort brings together the necessary instructors offering classes in a ‘campus’ of locations across the city, and thereby helps fulfill the museum’s mission to offer art classes,” said Dakota Discovery Museum director, Lori Holmberg. Art supplies for all classes are housed in the museum’s lower level.
For full information on class offerings or to inquire about being an instructor, call Mitchell Parks and Recreation at 995-8450, or go online at www.CityofMitchell.org.
— From a Mitchell Area Arts Council news release