The Gallatin Creative Arts Center
We are all created to create!! The Gallatin Creative Arts Center exists for the church and community to directly link our creative lives and our practice of Christian spirituality. Located just across Trousdale Place at 114 Locust.
Volunteers and children alike enjoy interacting with one another as they learn new creative outlets through The Foundation Ministry, FPC's partnership with Children Are People.
CAP Kids Bring Their Art to FPC at Celebration Dinner
What a wonderful night we had Wednesday, May 17th as we wrapped up the 2016-2017 year of The Foundation.
The Foundation, a ministry of our church, is a partnership with the non-profit after school program Children Are People Inc. Founded by Fred Bailey, CAP works with at-risk children to mentor and challenge them to succeed despite their circumstances. The Foundation, first launched by former pastor Kyle Gott, seeks to encourage them to explore their creative spirits.
For our final Wednesday Night Together, we invited our Foundation students as well as their families to join us for a spaghetti dinner and to show off some of the activities we've done this year. Around 60 people were in attendance, and it was great to see the children and their families sitting among our church family. Jennifer Anderson, director of The Foundation, led the program, which included video from the photography students, a demo of our "green screen" video fun, displays of the paintings, flower arranging, sewing and other crafts we've worked on, and music performances from 4 of our students. Susan Superczynski, director of CAP, spoke about what an important part The Foundation plays in the education of their students, offering instruction and mentorship in areas that they themselves do not have the time or resources to provide. Mr. Bailey, who stopped by briefly, echoed that sentiment. He understands that introducing his students to music and art and creating things with their hands is vital to their education, and he expressed his gratitude for what we do.
The Foundation served over 30 kids each semester this past year, with more than 30 adult and teenage volunteers participating in one way or another. We were able to offer classes in songwriting, drama, cooking, sewing, photography, jewelry-making, painting, flower planting and arranging, videography, and lots of crafts, as well as lessons in violin, piano and guitar. Volunteers included church members as well as many people from the community. One volunteer, Kelly Roberts, a Facebook friend of Jennifer's, shared that she had prayed that God would show her a way that she could give back to the community. A week later, Jennifer called her to ask if she would teach a class or two on photography. Though she didn't feel qualified to teach, she felt that she couldn't ignore such a direct answer from God, and she committed for the entire semester.
The evening ended with Jennifer's vow that The Foundation will return this fall. If you would like to be involved in this worthwhile program, you don't need to be an expert. While we do seek those who can teach classes, we also need folks to just assist teachers and to love on these wonderful kids. (We really need a drum teacher! Can anyone teach drums?) Watch for details at the end of the summer, and if you have an idea for a possible class, please let Jennifer know sometime this summer by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Want to see The Foundation in action? Check out this video of highlights from the past year.
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