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Children explore creativity, motion at museum event

Dec. 29, 2013 @ 12:00 AM

HUNTINGTON -- Zoe Myers has a little extra gusto when it comes to volunteering for Saturday KidsArt at the Huntington Museum of Art.

The Marshall University printmaking major not only serves as an assistant instructor for the weekly event, but she also is an alumna of it.

"Ever since I was a kid, I have been coming to KidsArt," Myers said. "I've been volunteering at the museum since I was 16, and I have grown up in the museum for years. Now, I get to give that back and share that experience."

That experience was shared with 40 kids, their parents and anyone else who decided to attend with them at the museum Saturday afternoon.

The event features an art lesson and project with instructors from the museum followed by a movement session with a dance instructor from the Jeslyn Performing Arts Center. The event is catered to children in kindergarten through fifth grade.

Saturday marked the first KidsArt event for 6-year-old Lydia Brown, who came to the event with her friend 8-year-old Makenzie Porter and her brother, Gentry Porter, 10.

"I didn't know I was coming here, so I wore my new shirt," Brown said. "It's so fun. It's awesome. Doing the art is fun."

Each KidsArt event is free of charge and no reservation or registration is necessary. KidsArt takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. every Saturday at the museum, and it provides participants with a range of new opportunities, Myers said.

"I loved art when I was a child," Myers said. "Getting to have this chance to be taught by these teachers and learn new techniques definitely influenced my career choices and my education. The kids who come here might get to learn about something they didn't know before or that they didn't even know they enjoyed."

Saturday KidsArt is sponsored by Cabell Huntington Hospital.

For more information about the class and other museum programs, call 304-529-2701 or visit www.hmoa.org.

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