2017-07-10 / LifeStyles

Gaffney Boys and Girls Club members explore the arts in Ignite summer program

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Ledger Staff Writer

Local Boys and Girls Club members discovered their inner artistic voice in one summer week at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.

The club arranged for 10 middle students to attend “Ignite Arts” from June 12-15. The summer outreach program provided a platform where students could express themselves through creative writing, drama, music and visual arts.

Students had the opportunity to learn from special guest artists, play a variety of musical instruments and visit the Greenville County Museum of Art. They each received a young adult novel from the Governor’s School library to enhance their reading and creative writing skills.

“Ignite Arts” is a summer outreach program offered by the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities. It is a public residential high school for emerging artists.

The school gives artistically talented high school students statewide the opportunity to study their art in a supportive environment of artistic and academic excellence. After holding artist in residency programs in Gaffney for two summers, the Boys and Girls Club was invited this year to send a group to attend classes on the Governor’s School for the Arts campus in Greenville.

Program lead teacher Lee Burgess, author and teaching artist Heather Marshall, and Jason Currin from the DRUM percussion studio were guest artists for “Ignite Arts.”

“We’ve been partnering with the Gaffney Boys and Girls Clubs for the past three years, and this year we were fortunate to have the students come to our campus to get more of the Governor’s School experience” said Carol Baker, SCGSAH outreach coordinator. “Our goal is to expose children to a variety of arts-related areas, through a hands-on and collaborative experience that peaks there interests, engages their creative senses, and broadens their awareness of what they are capable of through the arts.”

Boys and Girls Club area director Vance Hammond expressed his appreciation to the governor’s school staff for taking time to help club members develop their talents through “Ignite Arts.” The club recently took seven rising seventh and three rising eighth graders to attend an iTeam XTreme day camp in Spartanburg .

“We are so blessed to have great partners that work with us to provide a wide variety of learning activities during the summer,” Hammond said.

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