Youth arts fes­ti­val: Two weeks of cre­ativ­ity and fun

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This ar­ti­cle was writ­ten col­lab­o­ra­tively by the Ad­ven­tures in Creative Writ­ing Class at the Span­ish Fork Youth Arts Fes­ti­val. It is by Gard­ner Davis, Stuart Hol­ley, Em­mie Park, Mag­gie Petersen, Alex Woidka and Amy Baird (in­struc­tor).

Imag­ine walk­ing into a class where food is so cool, you re­gret eating the de­li­cious works of art. Food cre­ations like pret­zel ducks, kiwi tur­tles, bunny pud­ding and ap­ple cars. Walk into an­other class and you will see a straw bal­anc­ing on a bottle. The ma­gi­cian’s hands move to­ward the straw and slowly but surely the straw be­gins to spin in cir­cles. Stu­dents around the room are prac­tic­ing the tricks.

As you walk down the hall you hear the strum­ming of ukule­les as stu­dents sing. You look into an­other room and see peo­ple cut­ting fab­ric and be­gin­ning to sew quilts. In an­other room, lit­tle boys and girls are glu­ing pom poms onto black pa­per and blow­ing bub­bles while wear­ing capes for Star Wars Art.

The Span­ish Fork Youth Arts Fes­ti­val is an an­nual event that gets kids in­volved in the arts. Classes are of­fered for chil­dren ages 18 months to 18 years old. This year, there were 70 classes with more than 600 in­di­vid­u­als par­tic­i­pat­ing. The fes­ti­val runs for two weeks with classes ev­ery week­day. The classes change from year to year, and ev­ery year brings some­thing unique and fun. Classes go far be­yond your typ­i­cal draw­ing, paint­ing and drama classes.

Some of the classes in­clude Cam­popoly, where they make board games; Pin­ter­est Party, where you make a pom pom gar­land; Cup­cake Wars, where you learn crazy dec­o­rat­ing skills like how to pipe and scal­lop roses; and Star Wars Arts, where they make capes and prac­tice Jedi Arts.

The Youth Arts Show­case held on June 17 high­lighted the per­form­ing arts. Lit­tle danc­ing princesses danced to “Baby Take a Bow,” ma­gi­cians made pieces of string change size, kids showed off some sweet break­danc­ing moves, stu­dents per­formed on the ukulele, and “Aseop, Ae­sop” was per­formed three times.

The Span­ish Fork Youth Arts Fes­ti­val was a huge suc­cess. Ev­ery­one was sad for it to end. A stu­dent in Flo­ral Ar­range­ment said, “The best thing about the class is that you get to take these awe­some flow­ers home.” An­other stu­dent said, “My fa­vorite flo­ral ar­range­ment was the root beer float made out of flow­ers.” Par­ents en­joyed it as well. A par­ent in Par­ent and Me Quilt­ing said, “It gives the kids an op­por­tu­nity to do some­thing other than watch TV.”

The Span­ish Fork Youth Arts Fes­ti­val runs the sec­ond and third week of June ev­ery year. It is put on by the Span­ish Fork Arts Coun­cil. It is a non­profit event with funds raised from the class tu­ition and fees go­ing to pay for the teach­ers, sup­plies and mar­ket­ing. Class prices range from $35 to $75 for classes like Lego where you get to keep a Lego kit or a quilt-mak­ing class that in­cludes all ma­te­ri­als.

The 2016 Span­ish Fork Youth Arts Fes­ti­val of­fered a wide va­ri­ety of classes for youth ages 18 months to 18 years old. Pic­tured is the Youth Arts Fes­ti­val Show­case where stu­dents ex­hib­ited their cre­ations.

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