Reception Highlights Youth & Children Initiative at Art Center

By Steve Gimmestad

It was a good summer turn-out for the 2nd Tuesday reception at the Marco Island Art Center. The show highlighted works from the Youth and Family Workshops at the center. It also helped highlight the re-introduction of the Children and Youth Initiative at the Art Center.

“The Children and Youth Initiative was created to focus efforts to re-establish and revitalize education and outreach programs for young people,” says Hyla Crane, Executive Director. “Educational programs for students in elementary through high school are designed to benefit young people through art exposure and art enrichment and education.”

The programs are diverse and offer the young people of the community a real chance to explore the world of art through both education and hands-on experience. Some of the programs include: Art Talks – Young Artists Academy – Picture the Music – Home School programs – Scholarship and Merit Awards.

Hyla continues: “The Art Center is taking a strategic approach to building a funding base to support the children and youth arts education initiative. We appreciate the support of members, businesses, individuals and the community in making these programs available for our young people. It really does make a difference.”

For more information on the programs and how you can be involved, contact Hyla Crane at the Art Center. The phone number is 239-394-4221. You can also visit their website:

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