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CityArts Expands Programming

5/9/2011
Angela Cato, Arts & Cultural Services Division | ACato@wichita.gov | (316) 350-3247

New Summer Classes Focus on Non-traditional Arts

CityArts has added 21 new art classes to its summer session to capitalize on the growing popularity of non-traditional arts within the community. The additional offerings range from “Digital Scrapbooking” to “Acoustic Jamming 101” to “Stone Carving.” They will join the center’s established classes in the traditional arts – fiber painting, drawing, pottery. CityArts’ summer session begins June 6 and runs through Aug. 13.

Registration for youth classes and summer camps is going on now; adult registration begins May 13. Anyone over age 16 may take an adult class. People may sign up in person at CityArts, 334 N. Mead, over the phone at (316) 462-2787 or online at www.WichitaArts.com, click on “classes.”

“We added classes based on input we received from students and people throughout the community who wanted us to keep current with art trends,” said Kay Blair, CityArts executive director.

Also of note this summer at CityArts:

  • A total of 14 different week long art camps will be offered June 13-Aug. 5 for kids ages 6-16. They are divided into morning and afternoon sessions. CityArts partnered with Music Theatre for Young People (MTYP) to create a new camp July 25-29 that turns campers into documentary filmmakers and photographers as they go behind the scenes of MTYP’s “Aladdin Jr.” at Century II.
  • Classes will be taught by well-known Wichita Eagle political cartoonist Richard Crowson. He will be leading adults in musical jam sessions with string instruments (“Acoustic Jamming 101”) and creating a new generation of cartoonists (“Kids Cartoon-A-Rama” and “Teen Toonists”). All three classes start the first week of June and are nine and 10 weeks, respectively.
  • There will be 12 one-day photography workshops that start with the basics and lead students step-by-step through camera functions.
  • “Recycled Art” is a fiber class that starts June 6 and targets those who are or want to become more environmentally aware. Students will explore alternative ways of making art out of everyday trash.

CityArts is a center for artistic creation and appreciation that is located at 334 N. Mead in Old Town Square. In addition to offering year-round art classes, CityArts host exhibits in three galleries and is home to many community events.

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