“Pottery for Hunger”
Using the arts as the catalyst to raise awareness and support for local causes is important. The center's involvement in programming resulting from community input is felt in many ways.
The Arts Center has started a local campaign using a simple handmade pinch pot and a bag of rice to sell locally in shops with the profits being donated to the local food bank entitled “Pottery for Hunger”. Local civic and church groups are utilized to help make the ceramic bowl and each is as unique as the individual creating it.
The Lions Peace Poster Contest
Community educational collaborations include yearly support and sponsorship of the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. For the last five plus years the Art Center has worked directly with the local Lions Chapter to organize and produce art work for this event. This involves students in middle school that are selected and work with a professional artist to design a poster that is reflective of the year's theme. The Art Center and the local Lions club have been fortunate to have entries that have won at every level including internationally. Student native Kyle Watson was one of only four American Students to be picked to have his poster displayed internationally.