Student visual and performing artists soon can share their creations and skills through the Bonifas Arts Center’s upcoming Youth in Art activities.
Performing artists can audition for in the Youth in Art (YIA) talent show or become a part of the show based on the recommendation of their music or performing arts teacher. Visual artists can submit work to be considered for inclusion in the upcoming YIA gallery exhibit.
All types of performers are welcome, said Brook McGinnis, Bonifas Arts Center (BAC) events coordinator, including music (instruments and/or singing), dance, magic, theater (solo or group), and spoken word (original poetry or a poem important to the student).
Likewise, all visual art can be submitted, including sculpture, painting, drawing, photography, bookmaking, collage, and printmaking, said Pasqua Warstler, BAC executive director.
“With arts funding being cut in schools, there aren’t enough opportunities for students to let their lights shine,” said McGinnis, making YIA programs more important.
Students (kindergarten through twelfth grade) can audition for the talent show Jan. 30 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those that want to avoid waiting by scheduling an appointment can call McGinnis at 786-3833. Hesitant or shy students will find auditions and the show “a warm environment,” she said.
Visual art can be submitted at no cost to the BAC during regular business hours by teachers, parents or guardians, or students from Jan. 19 through Feb. 13 at 3 p.m. Registration forms are available at the BAC.
“Art and classroom teachers are encouraged to start setting aside their students’ work now so selections can be collected by the submission deadline,” said Warstler.
“Like any BAC exhibit, family, guests, and community members will be welcomed at meet-the-artists receptions,” Warstler said. The YIA receptions will be Feb. 25 and 26 from 6 to 7 p.m.
Participating in YIA events allows students passionate about a particular art to meet others that share their interests, and perhaps get inspired to try something new, while also having fun, said McGinnis.
The YIA talent show and exhibit will be held concurrently, the show Feb. 27 and the exhibit Feb. 25 through March 24.
Those with questions can call 786-3833.