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Jonesborough expands arts programs

Staff Report • Jan 16, 2013 at 12:57 PM

The Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts is continuing its launch and expansion of new arts programming in the Town of Jonesborough. The program is currently registering students for their winter/spring class season of art classes. The open house and registration will take place at the Jonesborough Repertory Theatre this coming Tuesday, January 22 from 4 to 6 p.m.

Arts classes will be offered for students ages Kindergarten through 12thgrade. The first classes will be led by professional artist and teacher, Larke Foster. "A child’s art work is a thing of beauty and integrity," explains Ms. Foster in stating her personal philosophy. "Through a guided process that develops the building blocks of visual perception, visual spatial organization, and visual discrimination, children will learn to better represent their world. It is my wish to build upon that by providing age appropriate skills and techniques that will increase confidence, encourage creativity, and exploration."

Art classes will be held on Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning January 23 and 26 with hours that meet the needs of public and homeschooled students. The Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts faculty is dedicated to the study and creation of an arts curriculum that combines best practices and includes state standards. Classes are designed to focus on student goals, expanding the student's ability toward perception, appreciation/awareness, creativity, production/skills, and critique.

"The newly renovated McKinney Center at Booker T. Washington School will be open this summer 2013 and will be the new home of Jonesborough's arts programming through the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts," exclaims an excited Kathleen Buttolph, Director of the Mary B. Martin Program for the Arts. "Arts classes will continue to have a home throughout the community, but we will be able to offer even more opportunities for youth and adults with the new center."

Other classes in the arts program include theatre, playwriting, dance, music/voice, and piano. If interested, in enrolling in classes this winter/spring semester, please attend the open house on Tuesday, January 22 to register. For more information, please email JRTstudents@yahoo.com check online or call 423-794-7858. Separate workshops will be offered throughout the spring for adults as well. Please stay posted for updates and details on classes and workshops.

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