IAC’s ArtSpark program, Johnson Center for Arts team up at TroyFest to offer family fun; next ArtSpark event set for May 18

More than 250 participants joined in on the family-oriented activities, including canvas painting and various other art projects.

More than 250 participants joined in on the family-oriented activities, including canvas painting and various other art projects.

Troy University’s International Arts Center’s family program, ArtSPARK, recently joined forces with downtown’s Johnson Center for the Arts (JCA) for a CommUNITY pARTy during TroyFest on Saturday, April 27.

More than 250 participants joined in on the family-oriented festivities, engaging in canvas painting and various other art projects available at the event. Kevon Anderson contributed an art piece that attendees could help paint, which will find a permanent home at the Johnson Center for the Arts (JCA). The event also featured face painting, a dress-up play station, an art play station, and a bouncy house, all of which were provided free of charge to the community.

“One of our primary aims at the IAC, particularly through our family program, ArtSPARK, is to engage as many members of our community as possible,” said Carrie Jaxon, IAC Director and Curator. “TroyFest provided an excellent opportunity to collaborate with the JCA, enabling us to connect with new families and showcase the offerings of our program to our community.”

This marked the second consecutive year of ArtSPARK’s partnership with the JCA during TroyFest, and the successful collaboration is poised to continue into the future, Jaxon said.

ArtSPARK, a monthly family program sponsored by the IAC, is typically held at 158 International Blvd on the Troy Campus. The next in-person event at the IAC is scheduled for Saturday, May 18, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., featuring art teacher Rebekah Alexander. Inspired by the ongoing exhibition “liminal” by TROY Art & Design professor Sara Dismukes, children will have the opportunity to craft their own artistic masterpieces.

This program is supported by grant funding by Alabama State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal Agency.

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