HOPKINS COUNTY, KY (5/15/13) - Art is an escape. Art is beauty. Art is vivid. Art is alive. Art is freeing and exhilarating. So just breathe it in and allow it to cleanse you every once in awhile.
Art was alive and well in Madisonville this past Tuesday, May 14th at the Madisonville City Park. Breathe, a community based youth development program, celebrated their first year of operation by offering up a free Spring showcase for park-goers as the sun was setting brilliantly against the backdrop. The weather was perfect and a responsive crowd gave the atmosphere an electric spark.
Breathe, a program established by Light of Chance, Inc., provides after-school arts sessions, which are free of charge, for grades 5-12. The program foster artistic expression, leadership, and social skills through arts such as visual, music, dance, creative writing, and poetry.
The official Light of Chance website lists the program's goals as follows:
• To offer programming that: focuses on self-expression, artistic engagement, teamwork skills, and concern for others.
• Give youth a constructive outlet for their creative energies, encourage cooperation and teamwork, teach artistic and social skills.
• To engage young people in unique opportunities to explore the arts while developing supportive relationships and connecting with their community.
• Help program participants to establish and achieve personal goals.
• To teach and help youth discover different ways to critically think and solve problems.
• To increase youth’s self-esteem.
A photo recap of this year's Spring Showcase can be viewed below.
If you are interested in learning more about the Breathe program call (270) 875-4332 or visit http://www.lightofchance.org/. The program operates every Tuesday from 3:30-6:00 at the Rosenwald-Smith Multi-Cultural Center at 208 N. Kentucky Ave.
Sugg Street Post
Written by Jessica Dockrey
Photos by Jessi Smith