Through a partnership with Blue Cow Arts, Floyd’s Jacksonville Center is able to offer weekly youth classes free of charge through the month of October. The classes are especially designed for young people in mind: for upper elementary and middle-school-aged children, a weekly class (Mondays from 4 – 5 PM) called Cultural Arts, led by Ferrum professor Susan Virginia Mead is free; and for the younger set (pre-K through 7th grade), Thursdays from 4 – 5 PM is the long-running Afternoon Arts, with Lara Davis leading participants. These opportunities are available free of charge during October due to a cost offset grant awarded by Blue Cow Arts.
Monday afternoon’s Cultural Arts program explores cultural diversity through the arts. October’s theme is “An African American Arts Appreciation Adventure.” Normally $3 per student, this class is open to all during October. Parents are requested to call and register their child or children so the class can have enough materials on hand.
Thursday’s Afternoon Arts continues to give younger children opportunities to make and explore, with Lara Davis providing inspiration and creative energy; a new hands-on activity every week. Again, parents should call and register their child or children during October, so enough space and materials will be available to all participants.
Founded in 2002, Blue Cow Arts (based in Floyd) is a public non-profit that supports increased social awareness through music, art, and cultural education. BCA supports diversity through cultural exchange opportunities and by providing a forum for musicians, artists, educators, and sustainable living/cultural preservation advocates.