Friday, July 15, 2011

Art You Good With Kids?

Posted By on Fri, Jul 15, 2011 at 12:42 PM

If you create stylish headwear out of recycled garbage, compose symphonies, whittle sublime mountain-scapes from antlers or simply engage with art in an unexpected way, the Treasure Valley Institute for Children's Arts is looking for you.

TRICA, a nonprofit arts education program for children, is calling for artists/educators/enthusiastic community members to share their unique outlook on art and instruct a classes that introduce children to new ideas of what art can be.

The program is called Re-Art, and its mission is to expand children’s imaginations and definitions of art. The classes are free and open to children ages 5-10. They are offered once a month from September through May, and held at every branch of the Boise City Library. Past classes have included The Art of Hula Hooping, Jewish Hora, Olde Time Radio Show, Culinary Arts, Interior Design, Using Art as Nature and Architecture.

Each instructor is given a budget for supplies and an assistant, plus a room full of enthusiastic kids. TRICA supports all kinds of art, from performance to musical to visual, so the sky’s the limit … as long as your idea is innovative and engaging. If you’re thinking of something that seems out of the ordinary, then chances are you’re on the right track.

Submissions are due today, July 15. All that is required for a submission is an email to TRICA Artistic Director Jon Swarthout at with a brief one- or two-paragraph outline of your concept.

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