By MIMI BECKER
Friday and Saturday nights were alive with art and conversation at Pioneer Playhouse for the Arts Commission’s Art-full Affair. On Friday, ticket holders viewed the 65 selections of art and arts related items to be ready to make a selection on Saturday night when their names were drawn. Many of the artists were on hand to discuss their work and meet potential collectors.
As the crowd enjoyed refreshments, they were entertained by Danville singer/songwriter, Travis Kern, a finalist in the Artist Exchange program with Carrickfergus, Danville’s Irish Sister City.
The Art-full Affair is in its seventh year, being held only in odd numbered years. In the previous six events, over $40,000 was raised to provide scholarships to children ages 3-18 to study and participate in extra-curricular arts activities.
The Arts Commission has three programs that provide arts services to the children of Boyle County. The McKune Visual Arts Scholarship supports activities such as special student exhibits, arts classes and materials.
The Powell Performing Arts Scholarship provides financial assistance for tuition and instrument rental for students who wish to participate in programs such as the Danville Children’s Choir, Heritage Area Strings Program, West T. Hill Community Theatre and private lessons.
The Arts Commission’s newest program is the Lockhart Art Is Vital Fund. This fund will support special activities such as a free concert and workshop on Nov. 4 by the Louisville Leopards Percussionists. The Leopards are a group of 70 school children from all over Louisville who start as second graders and, by the time they are in middle school, can play virtually every percussion instrument.
The 2017 Art-full Affair raised nearly $10,000 this year, which will continue the scholarship program and provide support for new activities during the 2017-18 school year. Along with the draw for art, five items were offered at live auction,…