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Art Revolution plans revealed
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Billy Cantrell learns to sculpt with clay at the open house at the Appalachian Center for Crafts. - photo by Photo by Reed Vanderpool
Lack of after school activities for local children has been a much-discussed problem for many years in DeKalb County.The DeKalb County United Way, along with county government, the Off the Beaten Path Studio Tour, and the Appalachian Center for Crafts have announced a plan to help alleviate the problem, and perhaps uncover some budding young talent along the way.The program will be called Art Revolution.According to local United Way Director Melissa Wallace, “Jessica Atnip came to me with an idea to start an after school art program for kids. This is something that has sort of been floating in the air for a long time, and a lot of people have been talking about after-school programs.”After Wallace and Atnip had formulated a plan, they set about enlisting help.“We wanted it to be about real art and real artists, not just about coming in and doing a project and going home with the thing you have created, but without the ability to make another,” Wallace said. “We want to have real artists teach the kids techniques to open up their own creativity, and the confidence, the self-assurance, and all the things that come with tapping in to your creativity.”“We want the kids to learn the skills,” said Atnip.