The 37th annual Arts Alive festival was presented earlier this summer by the Surry Arts Council. This year’s theme was Arts and Nature.
More than 100 local children ages 3 through 11 enjoyed two weeks of Arts Alive activities under the direction of Surry Arts Council staff Melissa Sumner, Antonia Meyers, and Morgan Meadows. Group leaders were Kayla Ellis overseeing a daily visual arts experience, Luanne Lovelace Edwards leading a movement session each day, and Peter Holland on the Andy Griffith Playhouse Stage with a drama component.
Each day, all of the children gathered to work on their final presentation which was given to the parents, families, and friends following the annual parade. Fifteen middle and high school students served as volunteers and assisted in classrooms and with groups. Students had a snack and lunch each day. The 2016 Arts Alive tee shirt competition winner was Marlee Hauser, daughter of Mark and Leah.
The Arts Alive Festival followed the parade and featured face painting and arts activities along with hot dogs and drinks from the Dairy Center. The children performed for parents in a show lead by the volunteers and Peter Holland, Kayla Ellis, and Luann Edwards. Melissa Sumner emphasized that the goal of the annual Arts Alive program is for the children to have fun with arts activities. She noted that many of the parents who brought their children had participated in Arts Alive themselves.