We, the Grove Hill Arts Council, would like to invite you to become a member of Grove Hill Cultural Arts Center. Your support will help guarantee the continuation of the Grove Hill Cultural Arts Center and would help to insure the continuation of our programs for the citizens of Clarke County.
Our membership program offers a variety of levels and provides an opportunity for friends of Grove Hill Cultural Arts Center to be connected in new ways. As a member, you are a critical part of growing and sustaining a vital arts venture in Clarke County. We hope you will make an annual gift to Grove Hill Arts Center so that we may continue to grow and offer art and music programs each year.
This past year, the Grove Hill Arts Center hosted multiple field trips in Studio 122 for the first time with Grove Hill Schools, Thomasville Schools, and Jackson Schools. We have traveled to schools to teach art classes. We have also hosted multiple events throughout the year including a Storytelling Event, a Black History Month Event, Run the Hill, Photography Contest and etc. We asked Black Belt Treasures Cultural Arts Center to partner with us for our Black History Month Event, and it was a great event we hope to continue. We had 49 people at this year’s Run the Hill event! That number does not include volunteers from local schools and Lions Club.
This past year we have also hosted various types of art and music classes for both children and adults. These art classes brought many citizens from Clarke County to Studio 122, along with citizens from surrounding counties. We have also hosted an exercise class in Studio 122 that is a weekly class on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
In May we completed our Art Education Program in Studio 122, where all third grade students from private, public and home school groups in Clarke County visited the studio for an educational experience. Each teacher is asked to fill out a survey at the conclusion of the program and all were very thankful for this program and hopeful that it would be able to continue. The teachers boasted about the art history their students were learning and about the hands-on experience they were getting through this program.
In July, we will have our annual Summer Art Camp which allows students to learn from professional and experienced artists. This summer, students will have an opportunity to learn how to use the pottery wheel, create sculptures, learn the basics of oil painting, learn the art of tangling, paper marbling, how to paint a landscape scene in the style of Paul Gauguin, create pop pet portraits, create sculpture made from recycled products, and etc.
Part of our mission is to promote and support the presentation and sale of art by regional artists. We currently have approximately 50 artists who sale their art in our gallery store. These artists also teach classes in Studio 122 and most are a part of our Art Education Program.
Next year, we hope to continue these programs and start new programs. We continue to try to bring in programs that will appeal to different groups of people. Your help would make all of this possible! What a great legacy to leave for future Clarke County generations!
Enclosed is a Membership Form. If you have any questions, please contact the Grove Hill Arts Center at 251-275-4ART.
Michelle Mullins, Grove Hill Cultural Arts Director
FACTS: “72% of business leaders say that creativity is the number one skill they hire, and educators agree that Arts teach creativity…Students who are involved in the arts are four times more likely to participate in a math and science fair – those same students are more likely to be recognized for academic achievement…Learning creative skills keeps kids in school and makes them more desirable in the job market as graduates, plus they’re 17% more likely to volunteer and 20% more likely to vote as young adults…Students of low socio-economic status have an average drop out rate of 22%, but students from the same neighborhoods who got a chance to take art classes had an average drop out rate of 4%. And did you know that students who take four years of classes in any of the arts discipline average almost 100 points better on their SAT scores than students who don’t…” – Americans for the Arts