FAIRMONT – Singers, musicians and even comedians had performances at Palatine Park Sunday.
And every one of them was under the age of 18.
Palatine Park hosted Arts for Kids Day Sunday, which invited kids from Fairmont State University’s Academy for the Arts singing and performance programs to showcase these skills to show support for the arts in Fairmont Arts Week. It was a collaborative effort between Marion County Parks and Recreation Commission, Main Street Fairmont and the Academy for the Arts.
“We wanted to focus on the live bands and the live musicians, our local artists,” Leigh Anne Bolyard, director of Fairmont State’s Academy for the Arts, said.
The day kicked off with performances from singers from ages 5 to 18, each singing a song they had been rehearsing over the summer semester they spent with the Academy for Arts.
“It’s the end of the summer semester for us,” Bolyard said. “For us it’s nearing the end and then our fall term starts the week of Sept. 4.”
In addition to singers, the stage played host to KidProv, a duo of comedians who performed an alphabet game in which they had a conversation using words ordered in the alphabet. The methods they used to work in words for letters such as “X” and “Z” got some laughs from the crowd present.
The local band Before I Sleep also performed original and cover songs to the crowd, representing the music education program PopShop.
Other crafters and artists were present at the park, including several which would allow those attending the event to participate in creating their own crafts and expressions. Kids and families could mold and paint clay objects, get their photo taken with props, get their face painted and donate to nonprofits like the Humane Society and the United Way.
“We’ve got a ton of free events,” Bolyard said. “Mountain Creative, West Fork Pottery, Melissa Rosic Photography, we’ve got essential oils here, Miss Pockets who is face painting, we’ve got Marion County Humane Society, Marion County Public Library, bounce houses.”
The Academy for Arts also had a tent set up, where interested individuals could browse the available courses and disciplines coming up in the fall semester of the program.
The whole event was organized to contribute to Fairmont Arts Week, which began Friday and will continue through the week as a celebration of local art, artists and artistry. Fairmont Arts Week was started last year in recognition of this cause, and Bolyard and the Academy for Arts have been helping to support it from the start.
“Last year was the first year for this event,” Bolyard said. “It’s amazing to see the crowds that come out to support these local artists we have lined up.”
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