Children participating in the Greater Columbus Arts Council’s arts based program Art in the House at the Clintonville-Beechwold Community Resource Center’s “Kids Club” site recently had a big surprise. After studying the art, culture, geography and history of India, artwork produced by the children in Clintonville made its way to India. The artwork was enjoyed by tourists visiting India & Nepal. The photo of the tourists holding the artwork of Mandalas drawn by Art in the House students was taken in front of the splendid temples of Khajuraho, India. The temples were built in the 9th and 13th centuries.
Jim Arter, the associate artist for the Greater Columbus Arts Council, and lead artist at the Clintonville site took the children’s artwork with him on his vacation to India this March. Last year Jim took artwork created by the children to Ireland. Each time the children’s artwork travels Jim takes photos of the artwork on location. After the trip each child receives a picture of their artwork in a different part of the world. As Mr. Jim says, “Art is the universal language!”
Jim uses these experiences to demonstrate to the children that we never really know what wonderful things may happen if we stay open to possibilities. Jim believes that our job, as children and adults, is to do our best at the task at hand on a daily basis. Sometimes, not always, but many times great things happen that we wouldn’t have expected. Imagine for example artwork created by 5 to 12 year old students in Clintonville, Ohio enjoyed by people from the U.S. & Canada in India!
For more information about the Art in the House program please visit the Greater Columbus Arts Councils website at www.gcac.org