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Cultural Confidential: First Friday for kids

Camille Silverman
Cultural Confidential Contributor
Kids doing art projects at The Art Center in Grand Junction.
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WHAT: The Art Center First Friday kids event

WHEN: Friday, Jan. 3, 6:30-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: The Art Center, 1803 N. 7th St., GJ

COST: Free

INFO: 970-243-7337 x 2, http://www.gjartcenter.org

A First Friday for kids?

On Friday, Jan. 3, Grand Junction’s Art Center will host a First Friday evening where kids’ interests and input is honored and greatly appreciated. From the food to the holiday art camp exhibit, this center will let the New Year ring with the sound of children throughout the building.

Doors open at 6:15 p.m. festivities start at 6:30 p.m., and the event ends at 8:30 p.m. As always, First Fridays are free and open to the public. All art materials are provided, as well as the delicious snacks.



The “Children’s New Year” is a First Friday dedicated to inspiring and being inspired by local kids. Children of all ages can make their own New Year’s hats, see what was made at the Holiday Art Camp in a special exhibit, plus paint and dance to their own musical tastes. The Grand Junction Fire Soccer Team will be making snacks for the kids, and a root beer float station will be organized by Toys for the Fun of It owner Mike Allen and CMU Mavericks athletes. Those who attend will have a busy evening of painting, building, cutting and pasting. Adult artists will make every attempt to impress the younger generation with throwing on the clay wheel, action painting, puppet shows and much more. Kids can watch art-in-the-making and then run off to make their own amazing 2014 treasures.

Everyone agrees that children need the arts in their lives, but the truth is that the art world needs the next generation’s engagement just as much. Children are not tethered by many of the judgments we acquire as adults, making them utterly immune and fearless when confronted by the empty canvas or a lump of clay. Engagement in the arts involves using one’s mind, body, and most of all spirit. When a child or adult is in the throes of art making, it works both sides of the brain, every muscle in the body, and every other concern in the world melts away. Art is captivating and watching kids create, problem solve, play and cooperate is what drives the staff at The Art Center to make every class, camp and event accessible to children of all ages.



The Art Center is excited to see what comes of the evening, knowing the future of these young artists will be to inspire and challenge everything that is tagged as “art.” We can’t wait. Let the celebrating begin.

The Art Center is located at 1803 N. 7th St. in Grand Junction. For more information on this event and other programs, please call 970-243-7337 x 2, or go to http://www.gjartcenter.org.


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