Celebrate Arts Week with theYMCA

Staff report

SIDNEY – Join the Sidney-Shelby County YMCA in celebrating Arts Week, Oct. 3-7 for activities designed to educate, inspire and connect youth. An annual celebration at Ys nationwide, Arts Week spotlights the nonprofit’s commitment to arts programming—ensuring youth have an outlet to express themselves creatively and discover and enhance talents.

Arts Week, held in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month in October, is free to the public and will feature activities for youth to explore art and showcase their creative expression. Activities will include an art exhibit featuring the work of Y members and Y program participants and a Christmas Card Art Contest for children of Y members and any child registered in a Y program. The Y’s “art gallery” will be open to the public for viewing on Friday, Oct. 7 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., with live music at the Artists Reception from 5 to 7 p.m.

Y members and program participants of all ages are encouraged to display their original drawings, paintings, photography, ceramics, needlework and more in the Y’s Art Gallery.

“The Y helps to nurture the potential in every child and participation in the arts is a key component to children’s development,” said David O’Leary, Operations Director, Sidney-Shelby County YMCA. “Art comes in many forms, from dance to drama and music to visual and digital arts. During Arts Week we’ll give youth a platform to explore their talents through some of these areas.”

According to research by the National Endowment for the Arts, youth — particularly those from low-income backgrounds — who regularly participate in arts programs tend to perform well in school, have higher career goals and become more involved in civic engagement, such as volunteering and voting.

Y Members and Program Participants that wish to exhibit something in the Y Arts Week Gallery should contact Stephanie Lobsinger at 937-492-9134 or slobsinger@sidney-ymca.org.

Staff report