March is here, and Thomasville Center for the Arts is preparing for a month full of inspiring events and exhibitions to spotlight the value of art and art education for children of all ages. As part of a national initiative, Youth Arts Month at the Center for the Arts will include a slew of fun, free events throughout March, featuring art of all disciplines.
“We have an amazing lineup this year,” said Youth Outreach Programs Director Mary Oglesby. “With everything we’ve planned, March is the month for families to come out to learn, to connect, and to celebrate the arts with their children. Exposing children to the arts is invaluable and we encourage everyone to take advantage of this free series of events.”
The festivities begin on Tuesday. At 5:30 p.m., TCA’s main art gallery will host the opening of a juried high school art show where area 9th-12th grade artists will have the opportunity to walk away with cash prizes or a scholarship. The event, which includes the awards ceremony, is free and open to the public. On the same day, beginning at 7 p.m. in the Center for the Arts’ auditorium, will be a literary showcase, featuring solos, trios, quartets and dramatic interpretations, featuring local public and private schools’ most talented youth.
On Saturday at 10 a.m., Lee Bryan, “That Puppet Guy,” will present The Zany Zoo. Bryan, an Atlanta-based puppeteer, will combine live vocal characterizations and songs, with innovative puppet designs that will delight and entertain family members of all ages in TCA’s Auditorium. This event is free of charge and open to the public.
“We couldn’t be more thrilled to have Lee Bryan with us this year,” said Oglesby. “His puppet shows are hilarious, meaningful, and will entertain viewers of all ages. We strongly encourage families to come out to experience Mr. Bryan’s talents. They won’t be disappointed!”
After The Zany Zoo, Lee Bryan will host a Moving-Mouth Hand Puppet Workshop at the Center, a parent/child workshop where participants will create a moving-mouth hand puppet. The event is free, but requires preregistration, and all supplies are provided.
TCA will host a free Teen Art Jam on March 14 from 7 p.m.- 9 p.m. for participants ages 13 and up at Grassroots Coffee, located at 118 S. Broad St. Participants are invited to hang out and connect, as teens will create art, hear featured youth musicians, and applaud budding poets.
The month will end at the Center for the Arts with a FUNtastic Art Free for All, a lock-in event on March 28 from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. for ages 5-11. It will feature crazy games, art, pop-up plays and more, which will make it an unforgettable experience for children.
Free admission to the FUNTastic Art Free for All, the Teen Art Jam, and the Puppet Making workshop with Lee Bryan require preregistration. To preregister, learn more about Youth Arts Month, the schedule of events, or to become a Center member, visit www.thomasvillearts.org. This lineup of events is part of the Center for the Arts’ ongoing commitment to bring art of all disciplines to young members of the community, and these free events should not be missed!
About Thomasville Center for the Arts
The Thomasville Center for the Arts, formerly the Thomasville Cultural Center, opened in 1986. The new Thomasville Center for the Arts seeks to enrich, inspire, create, soothe, provoke, and connect through artistic experiences. The Center has three locations: the historic Eastside School building at 600 E. Washington St., 116 S. Broad S. and 209 W. Remington Avenue. It can be reached by calling 229) 226-0588 or online at www.thomasvillearts.org.