New art program for public school students announced by Crowley Art Association

CROWLEY - The Crowley Art Association (CAA) has announced that beginning in January 2014, it will institute “Creative Youth of Acadia Parish,” an art program for students attending Acadia Parish public schools.

According to the CAA, budget cuts to the state’s public school education system have resulted in many of the parish’s talented children being unable to access art education in the classroom.

Several local businesses, civic organizations and individuals have agreed to partner with the CAA in its endeavor and have offered assistance in funding the project.

To qualify for the program, a child must live in Acadia Parish and attend public school. There are no other requirements.

Although class times have not been definitively scheduled, it is anticipated that the classes will be held on weekdays from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at The Gallery, 222 N. Parkerson Ave. in Crowley.

Parents will be responsible for dropping off and picking up students at The Gallery.

Presently, classes will be taught by Robert Baxter, nationally recognized artist and president of the CAA; Susan Brammer and Patty Ronkartz, teachers with the gifted/talented program of the Acadia Parish School Board; Allison Clouse Richard, a certified special education teacher with the Lafayette Parish School System; and Jackie Louviere and Pam Goff, local artists and CAA members.

All lessons and supplies will be provided free of charge.

Applications are available at all Acadia Parish public schools, and interested parents and students are encouraged to complete them and return them to their school offices no later than Nov. 1.

Students will be chosen to participate by random drawing and parents will be notified of selection.

The CAA encourages Acadia Parish public school students and their parents to apply for these classes.

For more information about the project, call Susie Baronet at The Gallery at 783-3747 or Rosslyn Moore, project coordinator, at 277-6869.

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