New at the GreenMarket this Season: Kids Art Activities!

By Paula Detwiller

What makes the Delray GreenMarket fun for kids? Let’s see: there’s live music, playground equipment, tasty things to eat…and starting this season, a place to work on a different craft project each week.

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Look out for the new “Budding Artists” booth, presented by the Delray Beach Center for the Arts at Old School Square, which is located next door to the GreenMarket site. Inside the 10’ by 15’ booth, kids of all ages will be able to spend time creating works of art from recycled and natural materials.

 

“For a participation fee of three dollars, parents can bring their children to be involved in a meaningful craft,” said Leanne Griffith, Community Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for the Center for the Arts. “We’ll be talking to the kids about issues relevant to organic eating, and offer crafts in conjunction with that. A craft idea could be printmaking with vegetables—making stamps out of potatoes. It might be painting one week, sculpting the next. And on Chili Cookoff day, I’m thinking a bean activity. Maybe bean mosaics?”

 

An art teacher from the Center for the Arts will be leading the craft making, with teenaged volunteers from Atlantic High School helping out. Budding artists will sit at a shaded work table. Smocks will be provided, and kids can stay for as long as they want—with parental supervision, of course.

 

“Many kids these days only get one hour of art per week at their school,” said Griffith. “My hope is that the Budding Artists booth will give kids a chance to express themselves creatively in an outdoor, non-restricted environment.”

 

The booth will also provide information about upcoming Center for the Arts activities, such as classes, exhibits, shows, field trips, and concerts.

 

“We’re building our children’s programs here at the Center for the Arts, and we just thought this would be a lovely, very natural outreach,” Griffith said.

The Delray GreenMarket opens its eighteenth season on Saturday, October 19. Be sure to mark your calendar!

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