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‘Youth Engaged in Art’ returns to Street Fair

Children have the option of painting rocks, making puppets and more during the second annual “Youth Engaged in Art” event at the Arlington Street Fair on July 12-13. - File Photo
Children have the option of painting rocks, making puppets and more during the second annual “Youth Engaged in Art” event at the Arlington Street Fair on July 12-13.
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ARLINGTON — For the past five years, the Arlington Street Fair has hosted an art project for local youths. One year, the kids painted rocks; another, a mural.

Last year, the Arlington Arts Council presented the Youth Art Fair which featured a multitude of art projects for kids to complete, and this year, the event now known as "Youth Engaged in Art" returns to the plaza by City Hall for its second year.

"We've been doing an art project for youth every year," said AAC President Sarah Arney. "Last year was the first year we've had something set up at the Street Fair."

"Youth Engaged in Art" will give kids the opportunity to try their hand at art projects of all kinds. The Arts Council will have tables set up in the plaza by City Hall, and kids can come by anytime to participate.

"We'll have Jim Creek Clay back this year, and two tables of face-painting with acrylics," said Virginia Hatch, event organizer. "We will have paper bag puppets, rock-painting and origami. We hope to have six or seven tables going."

"Youth Engaged in Art" will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Friday and Saturday of the Street Fair. The tables are run by members of the Arlington Arts Council, who will prepare and instruct the variety of projects.

"We stay busy. Last year, we had more than a couple of hundred kids filter through, and I expect it will be similar this year," said Hatch. "It's open to anyone who is a kid, even a kid at heart. It's definitely a family-friendly atmosphere. The kids will make things that they can take home with them. It will be a lot of fun."

The mission of the Arlington Arts Council is to offer a variety of quality art experiences for people of all ages. "We think that this is a good way to reach out to children," said Arney.

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