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Parkersburg Art Center provides activities for community

Javen and Jovi Rasicci working on art activities from one of the Take-and-Make art bags. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The Parkersburg Art Center is striving to raise community spirits and keep people engaged in artful pursuits during the mandated closing.

Managing Director Jessie Siefert said the art center handed out 300 Take-and-Make art and craft bags last Saturday to parents who drove up to the entrance.

“March 21 would have been our free community arts day,” she said. “We usually enjoy that day with 200-300 children, their parents and other non-profit arts groups. Since we had to cancel, we used those supplies to build the activity bags. We had hoped to do the bag giveaway again on March 28 but will not be able to due to our facility shutting down for the time being.”

Art center outreach instructor Michelle Fullerton spent time last week prepping activities to take to the afterschool programs where she usually works on Wednesdays. Artful ideas were taken to McKinley and the Boys and Girls Club to go out with their distribution of supplies and lessons for students, Siefert said.

The ArtStart Preschool instructors were on the road Monday night, hand delivering multi-lesson packs to students. These included lessons and supplies for science, math, literacy, environmental education, motor development and art for all of the students to enjoy. Teachers will be reading stories, singing songs and sharing new ideas throughout this closure with their preschool families on the program’s private Facebook page, Siefert said.

Noah Zacharias holds up the art lesson he completed after watching one of the Facebook art lessons. (Photo Provided)

Facebook, Instagram and the art center’s website will also be full of fresh ideas.

“Art is essential. It lifts the spirit and can take your mind off of the crazy stuff that is going on in the world,” said Abby Hayhurst, the art center’s artistic director.

“Monday through Friday we are going to post easy, at-home art activities and probably some silliness too. We are asking our instructors, Board members and friends of the PAC to share short videos or slides with us. We even have a videographer creating a virtual tour of the ‘Shared Visions’ exhibit hanging in our gallery. It is time to rise to the challenge and think in a new way about how we can best meet our mission and serve the community that supports us. Our passion for art is definitely fueling our powers of innovation,” Hayhurst said.

More information on art center activities can be found at https://www.facebook.com/parkersburgartcenter/ and at https://www.instagram.com/parkersburgartcenter/

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