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Registration for Side-By-Side Art Program for Mentally and Physically Challenged Children Ends January 27

Somerset Community College is now accepting applications for the Side-by-Side Art Program for mentally and physically challenged school-age children. Application will be accepted until Friday, January 27.

The SCC Side-by-Side Art Program is designed to offer a creative outlet for students with disabilities, reinforce inclusiveness and positive self-image, and highlight the importance of arts education in the development of our young people. Additionally, participants will have the opportunity to create artwork alongside a professional artist from the community.

This is the fifth year that the Side-by-Side Art Program has been held at SCC. The program is free to qualified participants.

About the Program

Side by SideThe Side-by-Side Art Program participants attend art classes on each of the four Saturdays in February. Classes are held in the SCC art studio, located on the first floor of Meece Hall on the SCC Somerset Campus. Classes are planned from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 4, 11, 18, and 24. There will be two age groups. SCC Assistant Professor of Art Darlene Libbey will be teaching a class for students in Grades 9 through 12, while local artist David Cazalet will be holding a class for younger students.

While in class, the students will explore various artistic mediums including collage-making and acrylic painting. Each student will choose one of their individual, artistic creations for inclusion in the Side-by-Side exhibit. The parents of all of the students also participate in the art class.

Then, each student will be paired with a local artist on either Saturday, March 3, or Saturday, March 10. The times for the collaborative work will also be 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Finally, there will be a Side-by-Side Art Show at The Center for Rural Development during April and May. Each student and partnering artist will display one piece of their own work and the collaborative piece they did together. A reception for the children and the artists will be held to open the art show. The date of the reception will be announced later.

Registration forms and a letter to the parents have been provided to teachers and administrators in all Pulaski County and Somerset schools. However, the materials can also be obtained by contacting David Cazalet, c/o Somerset Community College, 808 Monticello St., Somerset, KY. 42501, by calling him at (606) 451-6756, or by e-mail at david.cazalet@kctcs.edu. They are also available via the following links: Side-By-Side Letter to the Parents; Side-By-Side Registration Form.

Class size is limited to 12 students. Registration will be on a first-come-first-served basis.

We have been partnering with VSA Kentucky and the Center for Rural Development for the past five years to produce this fascinating art show, said Libbey. It is always a very rewarding and enjoyable experience. Each time we do this the local artists find the experience of working with these young artists to be refreshing and fun.

The Side-By-Side Art Program is a partnership between The Center for Rural Development, VSA Kentucky, and Somerset Community College. The program is sponsored by a grant to VSA Kentucky by the State of Kentucky.

In above photo Allison Allie Johnson (right) works with her mother, Christy, to create art during the 2011 Side-by-Side Art Program.