IAC’s upcoming ArtSPARK event features activity inspired by artist Winfred Hawkins

ArtSPARK, a free event for children and families, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 24.

ArtSPARK, a free event for children and families, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Feb. 24.

Troy University’s International Arts Center will host its first in-person ArtSPARK event for 2024 on Feb. 24, featuring artist Winfred Hawkins.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to noon and include an art activity, story and snack time, an art scavenger hunt and outdoor activities. Families can stop by at any time during the event or they can stay for the entire time, as there will be plenty of activities available. ArtSPARK is a free community event for the public.

One of artist Winfred Hawkins pieces, “Comedian,” which features a series of bananas, will serve as inspiration for a banana-themed art activity during the event.

Hawkins work is currently on display at the IAC Foyer Gallery in the exbitition “Comedian.” Children and families are invited to create their own artwork alongside Hawkins, with an activity inspired by the exhibition.

“ArtSPARK is a wonderful event for children and caretakers to connect with each other, creating art together and enjoying a morning surrounded by creativity and engaging activities,” said Carrie Jaxon, IAC Director and Curator. “Having the featured artist join us is a very special treat. Winfred’s artwork features digitally designed characters superimposed on colorful painted backgrounds. One of his pieces entitled “Comedian,” features a series of bananas and has lent the inspiration for this ArtSPARK’s banana-themed art activity. Everyone will most certainly have fun.”

ArtSPARK began in 2021 offering Troy children and families the opportunity to interact together in a creative environment, fostering social engagement using art as a tool and providing culturally enriching opportunities. This program has been made possible by grants from the Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Opened in 2016, the IAC is located at 158 International Blvd. on the Troy Campus, adjacent to the Janice Hawkins Cultural Arts Park. The IAC can be visited Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Access to the park and the 200 Terracotta Warrior display is available seven days a week.