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The health and safety of our community is our top priority. Proper safety measures will be in place at each community education class to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as we celebrate Art Week. All Art Week class attendees are required to wear a face covering for the duration of the class and social distance from those outside of their party. Hand sanitizer will be provided and class spaces will be cleaned thoroughly before and after each class.
To see more of our COVID-19 Prevention Plan, click here.
 

Wednesday, Sept. 9

Public Speaking: Be a Confident Public Speaker!
Online Event
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Lizzie Taylor, Meridian Arts Commissioner
Ages 12+

With years of public speaking experience, I'll outline the basics of giving a good public speech with confidence. This would be particularly useful, I believe, to middle-school and up students OR to adults who want to rid themselves of the fear of speaking to a group.

How to Write & Publish a Book
@Meridian City Hall, Meeting Rooms A &B
6:00 PM - 7:00PM

Eva J. Bailey, Local Author
All Ages Welcome

If you have a passion to write, do it now. It is exciting to be a Published Author. You can do it, start today.Tackle a new adventure!

Hand Drum Rhythms from the Mediterranean
@Meridian City Hall Plaza
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Jenifer Cavaness-Williams, Meridian Arts Commissioner
Ages 6+

Learn rhythms from countries in North Africa and the Middle East, and how to play them on a hand drum. Percussion is one of the best introductions to a musical instrument. Bring a drum, empty oatmeal container or empty coffee can, but not necessary to join the fun!

Thursday, Sept. 10

Dancing for Kids: Sparkle Sprouts
@ Dance Arts Academy
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM

Dotty Hancock, Dance Arts Academy
Ages 3-5

Students learn beginning ballet steps and positions, creative movement, loco motor skills, coordination, social skills and building self-esteem in an uplifting environment. Lots of fun props and themes are used to keep the class moving and always exciting!

Dancing for Kids: Zumbini
@ Dance Arts Academy
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Dotty Hancock, Dance Arts Academy
Ages 0-4, with a caregiver

Created by Zumba® and BabyFirst for kids ages 0-4 and an accompanying caregiver, the Zumbini® program combines music, dance and educational tools for a class full of can’t-stop, won’t-stop bonding, learning, and fun!

Country Line Dancing
@Centennial Park
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Dirt Road Dancing
Ages 12+

Line ‘em up and stomp it out to the latest line dance hits!

North African Dance
@ Meridian City Hall
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Jenifer Cavaness-Williams, Meridian Arts Commissioner
All Ages Welcome

Learn beginning dance movements from North Africa. Dance to rhythms and microtones from Egypt, Turkey, and Lebanon. Appropriate for all ages and gentle on joints.

The Joy of Improv
@ Meridian City Hall, Meeting Room A & B
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Sean Hancock, Recycled Minds Comedy
Ages 18+

Find your tribe, discover your genius and spend more time laughing in life. Join us for The Joy of Improv as we teach the principles of improv comedy through fun theatre games while building your confidence, communication skills and creativity.

Interactive Improv for the Whole Family
@ Meridian City Hall Plaza
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Treasure Valley Children's Theater Ambassadors
Ages 8+

Join the Treasure Valley Children's Theater Youth Ambassadors for some zany improvisation games that will keep your mind racing and your body moving

Friday, Sept. 11

The Angry Easel's ART with HEART (SOLD OUT)
@Meridian City Hall Plaza
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Michelle Brotzman, The Angry Easel
All ages welcome

Painting FUN for EVERYONE.

The Angry Easel's ART with HEART (SOLD OUT)
@Meridian City Hall Plaza
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Michelle Brotzman, The Angry Easel
All ages welcome

Painting FUN for EVERYONE.

 Basic Floral Design (SOLD OUT)
@ Meridian Community Center
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Shane Nelson, The Flower Place
Ages 14+

In this class we'll demonstrate a few basic design techniques and you'll get a chance to create your own small arrangement to take home with you. In an effort to limit shared contact points, we encourage all attendees to bring your own garden clippers or scissors.

Fall Sign Painting (SOLD OUT)
@ The Happy Hour Homemaker Studio
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Niki Hritsco, The Happy Hour Homemaker
Ages 12+

Painting FUN for EVERYONE.

Chalk your walk with family or friends, then share your artwork with us! You could be selected to win up to $75!

How to participate:

1. Create artwork on your side walk or driveway- Get Creative!

2. Email a picture of your artwork to mac@meridiancity.org. Make sure the picture is clear and we can see every part! To be eligible for consideration, all entries must comply with the Meridian Parks & Recreation Sponsorship Policy.
Don't forget to tell us which category you are entering: Youth under 12 years old, Amateur (not an artist by profession), or Professional (artist by profession).
Deadline to Enter: Sunday, September 13 11:59pm

3. We'll post the entries onto the City of Meridian social media pages on Monday, September 14. Look up the City pages on Facebook or Instagram

4. The artwork in each of the three categories that gets the most 'likes' on our Facebook and Instagram pages will be given The People's Choice Award with a $50 check!

5. The Meridian Arts Commission will select a first place prize for each of the three categories. The winners will be awarded $75 each!

Big thanks to Idaho Power for making our prizes possible!

*Update September 21, 2020: Congratulations to our Chalk Art Winners of 2020!
People's Choice Awards: Courtney Collett (Youth), Kirsten Knight (Amateur), and Isabelle Arriaga (Professional)
Art Commission's Choice Awards: Charlie Snow (Youth), Bryce & Heidi Grigg (Amateur), and Jamie Monson (Professional)
 

Art Drop is a peer-to-peer art exchange opportunity promoted by the City of Meridian. Art Drop artwork is provided by private parties and is not reviewed in advance; the City of Meridian is not and cannot be responsible for the content of Art Drop art. To make Art Drop a positive experience for everyone, the following material is not allowed: profane, obscene, indecent, violent, or pornographic content and/or language; content that promotes, fosters or perpetuates discrimination or defamatory or personal attacks; content that promotes illegal activity, is not original, or infringes on another person’s copyright or other legal rights; or components that are unsafe in any way. All persons participating in Art Drop assume any and all risks related to such participation, some of which are unknown. All Art Drop participants must obey the law at all times. The City of Meridian will not assume responsibility for any injury, death, property loss, or property damage resulting from or related to any person’s participation in Art Drop. The rule of “finders keepers” shall be strictly observed; when an artist leaves a piece of artwork for Art Drop, such artwork shall be available for any person to find and keep permanently, and the artist shall have no further ownership interest of any kind in such artwork. All Art Drop participants consent to the publication and/or use of any photographs or recordings of the Art Drop artwork by the City of Meridian or members of the public for any purpose, including advertising, marketing, public information, and/or posting on social media.

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