Thank you for helping with the Community Arts Celebration

Posted: Friday, February 29, 2008

Arts for Kids would like to extend a warm and heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part in the fourth annual Community Arts Celebration on Feb. 2, at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School.

There were many artists who generously volunteered their time, talent and art supplies. Thank you to: Evon Zerbetz, Barb Greening, Mary Lou King, Kay Parker, Sherri McDonald, Tisket Seslar, MK MacNaughton, Elizabeth Knecht, Krystal Willeby, Matt and James Voelcker, Joe and Hillary Buck, Ellen Payton, Susan Sloss, Agi Bellagh, Kristi Buerger, Peggy Weaver and Lissa Kramer.

Demonstrating artists set up their studios and shared their crafts with the public. Thank you to: Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School art teacher and ceramic artist Kathleen Wiest, for demonstrating the making of coil clay pots; jeweler Rowan Law, for creating at least two dozen beautiful silver and inlaid stone rings that were then gifted to children at the Celebration; and artist, Arnie Weimer, for sketching portraits of the multitudes at this event.

District art teachers graciously helped co-host the celebration this year. Thank you to: Juneau-Douglas High School art teachers Marianne Manning, Tom Manning, Jan Neimeyer; Yaakoosge Daakahidi art teacher, Miah Lager; elementary art specialists Nancy Lehnhart, Heather Ridgway and Shgen George, and middle school art teachers Wiest and Linda Vallie.

Support over the years from the Juneau-Douglas City Museum and the Alaska State Museum has been loyal and we extend warm thanks to both organizations. This year the local non-profit, The Canvas, hosted a garbage art project that was so popular we hope they return next year and join us again!

Arts for Kids is grateful to the many members of the community who helped make this event a success. Thank you to: middle school students Marlena Sloss, Anna Thompson, Gabriella Worden, Krista Thompson, Anna Gregovich and Donna Cashen for spending the afternoon assisting artists at their project tables; Krista Thompson for making colorful table signs; Jeff Brown for sharing his button-making machine; middle school students Carmen Smith and Hannah Edwards for helping make buttons; Jan Carlile for baking cookies and donating art supplies; Yaakoosge students for helping with the photo workshop; and JDHS students for assisting artists and teachers at the numerous project tables.

Arts for Kids would like to thank Rie and Juan Muñoz for generously gifting Muñoz prints to folks making financial contributions to our nonprofit. Every year since Arts for Kids incorporated, the Muñoz family has supported our efforts to advocate for comprehensive high quality district art education. We feel honored to have their loyal support in this endeavor.

Lastly, thanks to everyone who braved the snowy roads to attend the Community Arts Celebration. It was a great day of creating art and celebrating the wonderful art education programs we have in our district.

Suzanne Malter and the Arts for Kids board members


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