Chil­dren cre­ate com­mu­nity mu­ral for li­brary

Fine Art Fi­esta presents les­son in help­ing oth­ers in com­mu­nity

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Lisa Mitchell lmitchell@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @kutz­town­pa­triot on Twit­ter

Fine Art Fi­esta of Kutz­town in­vited chil­dren to paint a mu­ral and to paint rocks for Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary, learn­ing about cre­at­ing some­thing to­gether as a com­mu­nity to help oth­ers.

The mu­ral will be dis­played at the li­brary and the painted rocks will go in the li­brary gar­den.

“I hope they get a bet­ter sense of com­mu­nity and what it means to help some­body else out,” said youth li­brar­ian Tay­lor Kutz.

The pro­gram was part of the Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gram with the theme Build A

Bet­ter World.

“It fits in by you have to start with your com­mu­nity to build a bet­ter world,” said Kutz. “So build­ing a bet­ter com­mu­nity, learn­ing about com­mu­nity.”

The Sum­mer Read­ing Pro­gram also in­cludes pre­sen­ta­tions by Mad Sci­ence, Jesse the Rep­tile Guy and singer Mark DeRose.

Co-founders and codi­rec­tors of Fine Art Fi­esta Sarah Locke and Rachel Ak­ers pre­sented the li­brary pro­gram on June 22. Fine Art Fi­esta opened last year with sum­mer art camps.

“I hope that they learned that their af­fects in the com­mu­nity ra­di­ate out. I think it’s im­por­tant for kids to work to­gether,” said Ak­ers. “This is one of those rare op­por­tu­ni­ties where kids from dif­fer­ent ages all get to come to­gether and work to­gether. It’s im­por­tant.”

“We love Kutz­town. That’s why we’re here.

“I hope that they learned that their af­fects in the com­mu­nity ra­di­ate out. I think it’s im­por­tant for kids to work to­gether. This is one of those rare op­por­tu­ni­ties where kids from dif­fer­ent ages all get to come to­gether and work to­gether. It’s im­por­tant.” — Co-founder and co-di­rec­tor of Fine Art Fi­esta Rachel Ak­ers

When we col­lab­o­rate and work to­gether, you have an im­pact on what you do in this com­mu­nity,” said Locke. “One small act of help­ing some­body else can ra­di­ate out and have an im­pact in the com­mu­nity. Like one child said, just pick­ing up trash in the park, that’s help­ful to ev­ery­body who uses the park.”

Locke hopes the chil­dren gain a mind­ful­ness of help­ing oth­ers in the com­mu­nity.

“The art com­po­nent is a mem­ory of that act,” she said. “This is where a lot of fa­mil­iar faces are in town and these chil­dren are go­ing to be com­ing not only be able to bor­row books, par­tic­i­pate in the pro­grams at the li­brary, but know­ing that they had a hand in some­thing beau­ti­ful at the li­brary, that they are truly a part of it.”

“They not just some­body who visits; they are par­tic­i­pants in the things that go on at the li­brary and in the com­mu­nity as a whole,” added Locke.

Fine Art Fi­esta also en­cour­aged par­tic­i­pants to fill out Artist Trad­ing Cards, which they es­tab­lished in Kutz­town. Chil­dren were asked to draw a pic­ture on a small card and on the back they wrote the art­work ti­tle, their artist name and a mes­sage. They hung their art card on a line strung be­tween trees near the li­brary. Com­mu­nity mem­bers are en­cour­aged take and trade art cards to get to know peo­ple in the com­mu­nity bet­ter.

LISA MITCHELL — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Kutz­town chil­dren cre­ated a mu­ral for the Kutz­town Com­mu­nity Li­brary as part of a les­son about help­ing oth­ers in the com­mu­nity dur­ing a Fine Art Fi­esta pro­gram on June 22.

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