3 Community-Based Creativity Projects Support Visual & Language Arts

Community Creativity: Upcoming Projects Offer Avenues for Youth Art and Writing

Upcoming community art exhibits, collaborative projects, and writing contests provide young artists and writers with meaningful venues for their work. Children and teens can develop confidence, share their work, and engage with their creative process by participating in an upcoming project, exhibit, or contest!

Young artists and writers can take advantage of a handful of community-based projects to serve as outlets for their creativity during the next month. Local youth who enjoy making art or using words to express themselves can create new pieces of art or writing for upcoming contests, or can submit preexisting works to be displayed in a community art exhibit. In using local contests and community art exhibits as catalysts for work production, young artists and writers will ensure themselves a venue and an audience for their work – two things that can encourage them to continue to develop their skills in art and writing.

Teen artists are invited to submit works of any kind to an upcoming community exhibit at the The Art Garden. Following an optional theme of “On My Mind,” the exhibit encourages teens to create works inspired by their own thoughts (or anything else!). Submissions of both 2D and 3D work are welcomed, as are performance art pieces, which can be shared at the exhibition’s opening reception on Saturday, June 13th from 6-8pm. Every teen who submits work will have at least one piece displayed, and teens are welcome to submit multiple pieces. Work must be submitted by Sunday, June 7th in order to be included in the exhibit. For more information, contact csartgarden@gmail.com. Read the rest of this entry »

RiverCulture: Another Success Story in the Western MA Arts Scene

Turners Falls Artscape Promotes A Diversity of Artistic Disciplines

Last month in our series spotlighting arts-based community organizations, we featured Easthampton City Arts+, which supports the community’s cultural identify. Across western Massachusetts, communities have become havens for artists of all kinds. The area is chock-full of painters, photographers, sculptors, potters, performers, and other creative types, their work saturating our communities with artistic expression in a wide variety of mediums. Connecting these artists and their work to the the rest of the community are arts organizations, which serve as valuable resources for connecting families with events and community-based learning opportunities.

This month, we highlight the work of Turners Falls RiverCulture, an organization combining art, history, and recreation to build connections between community members and the cultural learning opportunities that exist within Turners Falls. RiverCulture both creates community-based learning opportunities and serves as a vehicle for connecting the community with preexisting opportunities to access resources for learning about local arts and culture.  Read the rest of this entry »

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