Art Connections set for Wednesday

Toni Kellar, founder of Newsight Life, puts kids in a rhythm exercise in the Art Connections program. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — The next Art Connections program will be held 2-3 p.m. Wednesday at the Children’s Home Society in Parkersburg.

Classes will be held each Wednesday through July 24 at the society at 1717 St. Marys Ave. in Parkersburg.

The new program was piloted at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church and offered children aged 6-12 an opportunity to participate in a series of art, music and movement classes that included children’s dance, movement exercises, visual arts and drumming.

Art Connections was created by Lisa Wynn and administered and funded by Artsbridge. Wynn worked with Artsbridge executive director Amanda Stevens on the project.

“The mission of Art Connections is less about creating an end-product or achieving an end result,” Wynn said. “Art Connections is more about the process of discovery. The classes encourage self-expression through utilization of the arts, while promoting self-awareness, self-growth and development.”

Jude Binder of Heartwood in the Hills leads participants in the Art Connections program balance a peacock feather. The next program will begin 2-3 p.m. Wednesday at the Children’s Home Society in Parkersburg. (Photo Provided)

Jude Binder, co-founder of Heartwood in the Hills, and Toni Kellar, founder of Newsight Life, presented classes in the series. Binder led children through a sequence of dance movements challenging their flexibility and balance, including balancing peacock feathers on their hands while moving and listening to classical music, and then graduating into impressive leaps.

Kellar guided the children in hands-on drumming exercises that began with learning the basics of rhythm and sound and culminated in a group drumming circle.

For more information, contact Artsbridge at 304-428-3988.