The new Clayton Center for the Arts is still a hard-hat zone, but the principals want children in the community to start imagining what will be. A Family Arts Sampler for Children day was held Aug. 8 at Maryville College to introduce children to different art forms to see where their interests may be.
The event was for children in grades 3 through 5 and offered singing, dancing, acting or playing a musical instrument. All the classes were free.
Children spent the morning working with one teacher to learn rudiments of the performing art they choose in preparation for an after-lunch performance.
Parents were invited to attend with their children. A sack lunch picnic was held at McArthur Pavilion at noon. At the lunch, parents were encouraged to talk to teachers about further performance opportunities with the teachers.
The Clayton Center sponsored the event as a sample of the kind of artistic development opportunities the Center will offer to the community when it opens in 2010. Master classes and workshops will be offered for all ages, but executive director Robert Hutchens said opportunities for children are especially important.