Research has shown that programs that incorporate the arts have proven to be educational, developmentally rich and cost effective ways to provide students with the skills that they need to be productive participants in today’s economy. In an effort to continue to provide programs in the arts to Franklin County students, Commissioners approved an agreement for $12,492.00 with the Community Arts Project and The Martin Luther King Jr. Performing and Cultural Arts Complex for the implementation of a Spring Arts Camp.
The King Arts Complex will operate the Spring Arts Camp, an arts program for children between the ages of four and 12, during the Columbus City Schools’ spring break. Participating youth will receive art instruction and participate in educational activities involving history, social studies, and performing and visual arts.
Commission Board President Marilyn Brown stated, “The arts play an instrumental role in giving children a creative outlet for learning and I am trilled that this program will be presenting the arts to the youth of Franklin County.”
Through the Commissioners funding, fifty TANF-eligible students will be able to attend the camp for free. The Spring Arts Camp will feature visiting instructors who are artists in the community such as, Sarah Brown and chorographer John Jackson. This year’s theme for the program is ‘Swingin into Spring’; the theme is incorporated into all activities on general life skills dealing with courtesy, manners and acceptable conduct in class and with classmates.
“Arts education not only develops imagination and creativity, it also plays an important role in cultivating problem-solving and critical thinking skills which are critical to academic success,” said Commissioner Mary Jo Kilroy. “The camp will keep kids engaged and safe during their Spring Break.”
“Our children need safe and creative ways to have fun this spring,” said Commissioner Paula Brooks. “The Martin Luther King Center camp provides both, while sharpening learning that is critical to the good jobs of the future.”
The program will be will operate from 7:00am to 6:00pm beginning March 24- 28th. For more information contact the King Arts Complex at 645-5464.