Kids Can Be Artists Too! returns to Stagecoach Days
Area Artists Work with Children Painting on Canvas for the 5th Year
For the sixth straight year, the artists from the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community (WACAC) will be working with kids of all ages, helping them create their own masterpieces with acrylic paint on canvas. This event has always been offered free of charge to any of the participants through funding by a grant and local business sponsors, then organized and executed by volunteers.
A little change for this year... instead of a show and judging on Sunday, WACAC artists will be working with the kids painting on all three days (September 14, 15, and 16). In previous years, Sundays were set aside for a little show under the tent, with judges and guests determining winners of some wonderful prizes. This year, there will still be prizes, but this time the prizes will be awarded in periodic drawings throughout the three day event. Prizes include easels, paints, canvases, and other art related prizes.
This year's event is put on by the Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community with sponsorship by The First State Bank of Wyoming and made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
Each year has shown a steady increase in the number of participants. 2017's event had 507 young artists participate.
The Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community (WACAC) has made a tremendous impact in the area since inception just five and a half years ago. After starting out with a dozen artists, musicians and writers, the organization incorporated as a non-profit after a year, and received it's 501(c)(3) status the following year. With 25 members, they raised enough money to pay cash for the old Spirit & Praise Church building on Viking Blvd, the Hallberg Family Foundation providing a huge start with a $100,000 donation. Support came from throughout the area from businesses like Rosenbauer America, B&N Sheet Metal, The First State Bank of Wyoming and many others. In fact, the organization literally received donations from as far away as Virginia and Florida to California to help establish the Hallberg Center for the Arts.
Two years ago, with the establishment of the art center, this organization has brought new exhibits of artist's work to the area almost every month. This past year, the organization interviewed artists from throughout the region and have now booked the main gallery with new exhibits into 2019. Today, the organization has 189 members not just from this area, but throughout the Twin Cities, up through Princeton and Mora, down through Stillwater, and into western Wisconsin.
It should be mentioned that this organization has no paid staff, everything they do is through donations, grants, and countless volunteer hours.
The Wyoming Area Creative Arts Community encourages personal growth and discovery, providing mentorship for artists through presentations, performances, displays, classes and exhibitions.