Today’s children will be tomorrow’s artists — and supporters of the arts.
That’s the belief of the Hannibal Arts Council’s Children’s Program Committee.
As such, HAC seeks to instill creativity in children by providing positive and creative experiences to let them explore creativity and develop self-confidence via the arts.
“Programs allow participants to meet and interact with local artists, work intergenerationally alongside parents, grandparents and friends, create and display their original art and work creatively through a variety of art forms,” Hannibal Arts Council Executive Director Michael Gaines said.
“Though fees for HAC programs are reasonable, in order to allow programs to be available to all, the council offers a scholarship program for free participation in youth programs. Scholarships are available upon request,” Gaines said. Year-round sponsors that keep the workshop series accessible and affordable are the George H. Riedel Private Foundation, Community Foundation of West Central Illinois & Northeast Missouri, HAC member donations to the scholarship fund and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency.
Here’s a look at some of the programs offered to children and young teens.
First Friday Art Adventure
First Friday Art Adventures are designed for children ages 6 to 12 and are at 4:30 p.m. the first Friday of the month February through June and September through November. Programs are led by committee volunteers, local artists or HAC staff. The cost is $10 per child, with HAC members at $5 per child. Each additional child per family is only $5. Registration is required, and scholarships are available. The next First Friday Art Adventure will be March 3.
Each April the Hannibal Arts Council fills its gallery with select works of Hannibal’s fifth- and eighth-grade public and parochial students and those participating in Hannibal High School art department classes. Each instructor selects a specific number of pieces to be included in the exhibit. Young Masters is sponsored by the Hannibal Pirate Family Foundation.
Thanks to a generous gift from the George H. Riedel Private Foundation, five students from each grade level are recognized with an award and featured in an exhibit at F&M Bank’s Broadway branch after the HAC exhibit. The Hannibal High School Art Department instructors give additional awards at their grade levels. Young Masters will be on display at the Hannibal Arts Council April 3 through May 2.
Other events and programs include Wild & Wacky Art Adventure, scheduled Aug. 5; Holly-Jolly Holiday Workshop, planned for Dec. 2; Family Fun Day in June; and Arty Party events in partnership with Kids in Motion and those attending summer school throughout the summer season.
Hannibal Arts Council now welcomes those 13 to 17 to enter its annual billboard art contest, with one winner selected in the youth division to have his or her work featured on a billboard in the Hannibal area and on digital billboards in Hannibal and Quincy, Ill. The 2017 contest guidelines are available at Art In The Open on the Gallery tab of hannibalarts.com.
The council in 2016 opened The Photography Channel to youth ages 13 to 17. The Photography Channel is a series of themed digital photography exhibits shown on a 55-inch 3-D television. Artists are asked to email digital photos to Hannibal Arts Council. Four installments of The Photography Channel are scheduled for 2017, and details about upcoming themes and deadlines are available at Exhibit Opportunities on the Gallery tab of hannibalarts.com.
Last year the Hannibal Arts Council Gallery Committee also made select open shows available for those ages 13 to 17. Open shows are themed exhibits featuring both 2-D and 3-D visual art. There are two open shows in 2017 that include youth divisions – Simply Red and Perspective, Proportion and Pattern. Details about upcoming themes and deadlines are available at Exhibit Opportunities on the Gallery tab of hannibalarts.com.
-By MICHAEL GAINES