Darlington hosts Back to School Arts Party

Darlington Arts Center in Concord Township invites the community to its annual Back to School Arts Party on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 6-8 p.m. The party celebrates the four arts of music, art, dance, and drama and will include performances and art exhibits from Darlington’s professional teaching artists. Attendees are also invited to participate in collaborative community art projects in addition to having an opportunity to create their own unique work of art.

“This enjoyable event provides a relaxed environment and ideal opportunity to bring the community together and offers a chance to display the diverse and superlative talents of our Teaching Artists,” said Darlington Executive Director Eric Carter Thompson, in a press release.

“We welcome our neighbors, including our member families and friends, to share in this autumn celebration of the four arts that are offered daily at Darlington Arts Center through a variety of classes, lessons and workshops. We look forward to a good turnout and an entertaining evening of community camaraderie and support,” he added

Darlington anticipates the event to be an enthusiastic success and to generate substantial interest in arts programs offered throughout the year. Performances from a cadre of music teaching artists coupled with a gallery of visual art, featuring an eclectic mix of works from Darlington’s visual artists, are expected to serve as an enticement for the public to join and participate in the multiple classes and workshops that are offered at the center.

The party is purposely designed to stimulate curiosity and unlock the talents of attendees in creating their own art in addition to participation in a mural to be unveiled at the end of the evening.

A teaching artist recital and art gallery exhibits featuring a variety of musical performances and works on display will highlight the evening. Performers include teaching artists David Auldon Brown, Jennifer Nicole Campbell, Sean Arawjo, Sarah Gober, Bette Halberg, Ethel Olsen, Madeleine Turley, Alyssa Wu, Lingchin Liao, and Ross Beauchamp. Visual art contributors include Jeremy Sims, Anne Dempsey, Tia Santana, Bea Kaplan and Darlington students.

Between the performances, attendees can browse the Teaching Artist Gallery featuring selections from Darlington’s Visual Art artists and Darlington members. Guests are invited to explore Darlington’s beautiful facilities, meet the teaching artists, enjoy food and drink, and be a part of the center’s collaborative community art project. Teachers and volunteers will help guide participants through creating individual pieces that will be assembled and unveiled as the evening’s finale.

Darlington Arts Center is a non-profit center for the visual and performing arts offering “Every Art for Everyone.” Fall Classes are underway but there is still room for more students in many offerings. The center is located at 977 Shavertown Road in Concord Township. For more information, please visit www.darlingtonarts.org or call (610) 358-3632.

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