4-H is a community of diverse young people across America. 4-H members learn new things by completing projects that interest them, participating in community service, leading club meetings, experimenting with science, making art, going to camp, taking care of animals or going on educational trips. This spring local youth have many opportunities to explore their interest in art via a regional cooperative effort. Dunn, Eau Claire and Chippewa counties, art educators at UW-Stout and the arts education nonprofit AIM, have joined together to help local youth enjoying a series of age-appropriate online art classes that will conclude with an in person student art show at UW-Stout on April 30th.
In order to offer young people the chance to discover new art techniques while learning together across three counties, local art education students developed lesson plans under the guidance of art education faculty at the university. This cooperative effort benefitted both the university art education students, who got the chance to work with youth in a virtual setting, and local 4-H youth looking for something new to do that fit into busy family schedules. This is the second year that local 4-H educators have worked together with UW-Stout to design the program, order and provide art supplies, and run the weekly Zoom sessions. Families gave the program rave reviews last year, and the art coming out of the program is amazing. To celebrate these creative young people, mostly in grades K-7th, there will be a public reception and art opening at Heritage Hall on the UW-Stout campus on Saturday, April 30th from 1-2 PM. The art show will remain up during normal building hours from April 30th through Friday, May 6th.
4-H goes back over one hundred years. It fosters healthy youth and adult relationships through problem solving, project development, and interactive learning. 4-H focuses on hands-on fun. Many of our youth are busy preparing their projects to show at the local fairs this summer. Please contact your county Extension Office to learn more about the largest youth leadership development program in the country. 4-H youth are much more likely to be successful adults than those who have not had the chance to participate in our programs. We hope you will want to find out why!