Library invites young artists to ‘Stop’ for creativity
The first Monday of every month through August, a portion of the Castle Pines Library will be transformed into an art studio aimed at engaging kids ages 6-12 in various forms of art. Through a program called “Art Stop on the Go,” the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA) is sending artist Cheyenne Bsaies to share literature with the kids that incorporates a particular art style, and then she will spend some time helping them create their own art based on what they’ve learned. Kids might find themselves working with beeswax, making a sculpture, or even replicating cave drawings.
“We’re so lucky to have Cheyenne,” said Nicole Dial-Kay, BMoCA’s education coordinator. “We have working artists like her in all of our programs and we feel that’s really important. It helps us teach that art isn’t just a hobby, but it might also lead to something kids want to do in high school, college or as a career.”
Art Stop on the Go is an outgrowth of BMoCA’s Family Learning Center, and it allows the museum to take its programs on the road throughout the Denver Metro Area. Because the program is funded through a grant given to the BMoCA, participation in the program is completely free to participants and to the library system.
“We’ve seen art education diminish in the schools, so it’s nice for parents to have an avenue to provide this kind of experience at no charge,” said Kerri Morgan, program and events supervisor for Douglas County Libraries. “We think something like this is a great way for us to engage patrons with after-school programming.”
The program fits nicely with the library’s mission to encourage literacy and lifelong learning. “Literacy comes in many forms,” said Morgan. “In a program like this, participants learn to identify different art styles and appreciate them for what they are.”
Art Stop on the Go is offered at various locations throughout the library system from now until the end of the year, though the Castle Pines location’s offerings will take a hiatus between August and December to allow for the opening of the library’s new, free-standing location just a few doors down from its current store-front location.
“We plan to continue to offer programs like this one and more when we move to our new location,” said Morgan.
Though there are no fees associated with the program, participants need to register in order to attend the class. To register, call 303-791-7323 or visit www.douglascountylibraries.org and click on “Art Stop on the Go.” Class sizes are limited and participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.