Annual Art in the Park set to go June 16

REED CITY - In a report of the Task Force on Children’s Learning and the Arts: Birth to age 8, called “Young Children and the Arts: Making Creative Connections,” researchers found that art education contributes to a child’s cognitive, language and motor skills.

It was noted that students picked up important skills from their art education, including better memory, enhanced understanding and an ability to communicate symbolically.

Unfortunately, even though art has a significant place in a child’s education, many school districts have dropped this class from the curriculum due to budget cuts. G.T. Norman Elementary in Reed City has been without an art class for the past two years.

The responsibility of including art has fallen on the grade teachers themselves, which is not an easy task when trying to teach a number of subjects already.

Art in the Park is the perfect chance for parents to give their children the benefits of creating those dearly missed art projects. Contributing sponsors to the Music and Art Program , including the Reed City Downtown Development Authority, Osceola County Community Foundation, the Wheatland Music Organization, The City of Reed City, and Yoplait, make this summer program possible.

Held in beautiful Rambadt Park on select Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m., the Art in the Park “classes”, are open to artists of all ages and best of all, it’s FREE! This summer’s theme is “Simply Art”.

Donna Wheeler, who has organized and run the program for the past 6 years, explains, “There will be a variety of ideas and people will have flexibility in creating projects.”

There will be sample ideas, but it is supposed to be a relaxing time to enjoy exploring different materials and one’s own creativity.”

Every session will focus on a specific artistic medium. Various supplies are provided for participants to create their own take home project. This is a perfect family outing, right here, close to home. Mark your calendars and plan for a wonderful morning filled with art. Since everything finishes before lunch, families can make the trip even more special with a picnic in the park and a walk along the trails.

  • June 16 – Paint
  • June 30 – Paper
  • July 14 – Collage
  • July 28 – Clay
  • Aug. 11 – Weaving
  • Aug. 18 – Art and Games