Creative kids involved in the Community Connections mentoring program will be artists in action over the next four months, thanks to grants provided by the Mid-Nebraska Community Foundation and the Kimmel Charitable Foundation of Nebraska City.The Prairie Arts Center is hosting the art classes for Community Connections mentor and mentee pairs.
The classes allow time to work in various mediums of art in a relaxed, happy atmosphere, Prairie Arts Center Executive Director Holly Carlini said.
Carlini said many times classes are unattainable for families and the grants allow more people to experience creative self-expression at the center. They also get a chance to work in mediums and materials that may be new to them, including re-purposed as well as new materials.
“We are truly grateful for the grants and organizations who support the arts," Carlini said.
The first class was held July 10. Students used roofing paper, chalk and paint to create colorful pictures of trees.
Each class accommodates 16-26 pairs.
Angela Hipp of the Community Connections mentoring program also extends a big thank you to the partners in the program and the support of mentoring in the community, Carlini said.