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Arts Education Coordinator looks to bring more opportunities for students

By Glenn McGlothlin

glenn.mcglothlin@jessaminejournal.com

Amy Harrod, district arts education coordinator for Jessamine County Schools, said she has set a goal that will help the arts grow.

Jessamine County Schools provide opportunities for students to combine their talent and create different kinds of art, Harrod said. These programs include art, music, drama and theatre programs for their students.

“It is our goal in the next two to five years to expand our extracurricular activities for our students after school to provide opportunities for students to study further in the areas of the arts by means of classes, private lessons and ensemble groups,” Harrod said.

In fact, she said two upcoming events will showcase the art in Jessamine County.

The Jessamine County Public Library is hosting the Kentucky Elementary and Middle School Art Show on March 30 through April 20. During that event, Harrod said artwork from students around the state will be displayed in the library.

Also, the Jessamine County Schools Arts Walk will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on April 24 at West Jessamine High School. Harrod said students will have an opportunity to display their artwork while dance, theater and music students share their talents as well. There will also be food vendors and door prizes for the community.

Harrod said The Creative Art League has created a new branch which focuses on theater where Jessamine County residents and students alike are welcome to audition.

Harrod said she believes the arts are essential to Jessamine County’s success.

“There is so much talent in Jessamine County,” she said. “I believe the more opportunities we can provide for our students, families and community the less they will have to look for it elsewhere. It’s important to keep Jessamine County thriving artistically and the only way to do that is to provide opportunities for everyone in the community we live in.”

Harrod also said through providing these opportunities, the students understand the importance of the arts and are eager to learn.

“Students love their arts programs and are constantly asking questions about how they can be a part of the arts in our county,” Harrod said.

Given all the time and effort that students invest in the arts, they benefit from the experience, she said, adding that the arts are a way for students to be vulnerable while showcasing their talents.

Harrod also said, for those who don’t perform or create visible art, attending events and supporting other artists is a great way to enjoy art and share in the community.

“The arts allow students to express themselves when they might not be able to do it at home or in the regular classroom,” Harrod said. “It teaches them discipline and community when working with others their age or being mentored by directors or teachers.”

For more information on the Jessamine County Arts Program please visit jessaminecountyarts.wixsite.com/info