Sunday, August 14, 2011 Self worth and pride are two essential ingredients for learning in my opinion. The children that attended the different arts camps this summer beamed positive energy while they were here. What am I good at? What special skill or talent do I have that make me feel good about myself? What positive behavior makes people take notice of me? Feeling good about themselves gives kids the confidence they need to meet other challenges. If you are good at one thing, you are more than likely good at other tasks. Confidence breeds success. Vincent Van Gogh said, “If you hear a voice within you say you can’t paint, then by all means paint, the voice will be silenced.” I hope that the successes experienced by the kids in the art camps this summer are being transformed into better math scores and higher marks on their writing tests. I also look forward to seeing these young artists returning to the Arts Center for more art projects, dance classes and a spot in the next children’s theater production. The visual arts, music, dance, voice and theater can be the creative tools needed to build self worth and pride for children and adults. The arts are not a luxury; they are a creative form of expression that has enriched the lives of people throughout history. Not every student is scholastically gifted or athletically inclined, and for those students, the arts can be what gives them pride and increased self-esteem. Something that I am working on is creating an atmosphere of loyalty from our students here at the Arts Center. If your child or grandchild has been or is a student here at the Arts Center, I would appreciate if you buy pre-game dinners for the football game on the 19th of this month. You’re going to feed the family something that evening, anyway, so it might as well be a delicious fried chicken dinner with sides, dessert and an ice tea. You can either dine in at the Willie J. Williams’ cafeteria or pick your meal up to go in the front drive of the school. Please support the Arts Center in this simple way so that the Arts Center can continue to foster great art in Colquitt County. I personally have 40 pre-game Dinner tickets to sell…help! The doors are open and art studios, galleries, music lessons, dance studios and theatre productions are all waiting for your participation. You are welcomed to take advantage of any of the great programs that are available. Go to the Arts Center website, www.colquittcountyarts.com, for programming information or stop by anytime for a printed art schedule. Arts Center Patron information is also available. Additionally, registration forms are due for quilt entries. The next Colquitt County Arts Center Annual Quilt Exhibition will be Sept. 15 through Nov. 5, with an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7 p.m. The quilt exhibit gets better every year and I want to encourage you to enter the quilt you made or the family heirloom that your great grandmother made. New quilts, old quilts, conventional old fashioned quilts or crazy-colored free formed wild quilts are welcomed. We are also looking for additional sponsors for this exhibition. Please call the Arts Center ASAP at 229-985-1922 if you would like to attach your name or your company name to this important exhibit. I want to remind everyone that the dance open house is this Monday, Aug. 15, from 5 to 7 p.m. Miss Lovedy will be in her dance studio to meet dancers and to answer questions about the dance program. When you are sitting in the auditorium in December watching the Annual Christmas Dance Recital you will look back at what a great decision it was to register your little dancer. And last but not least, the production of 1776, directed by Travis Kern, filled the Arts Center with self worth and pride! The cast pulled off a spectacular performance. The set transported everyone to another time and place as
did the impeccable costumes. Travis said at the start of the play that it was a team effort, congratulations to the entire team â€” you won!