Happy 2023! At the end of 2022, I started making a list of programs, events and classes I'd love to see happen at JCAC. As I wrote, that list grew and grew; if only we had enough time, volunteers and funds available to do everything on my list. Regardless of our "limitations," we have always come through with interesting, informative and simply just fun activities for the community over the last 49 years.
A Screeching Halt, Yet Moving Forward
Just like practically everywhere else in the world, the Covid pandemic put a fast halt to most of our plans for 2020 and much of 2021. We did return to in person classes in the Fall of 2021 and have continued to offer both free and paid classes and workshops for kids and adults. The repsonse has been delightful and we plan to create new programs for 2023 and beyond, but possibly in a different format; more on that later.
New Opportunities and Continuing Progams
We love offering arts and crafts opportunities to kids and have done so for free since 2013. That's not going to change, but the frequency and format will. One of our plans is to provide a "Make and Take" crafting event where families can come, make a quick craft and take it with them. We feel that this type of event will allow more families the chance to create with their kids, yet not require an hour or more of their time.
A new arts and crafts option that we are excited to get up and running soon is our "Arts and Crafts to Go" video series. These fun videos will include an instructor, (probably myself,) and a kiddo or two. I'm very excited to begin this, we've talked about it since the Fall of 2019, but you know, Covid happened. These videos will be free of course and available on our website and social media.
Community Events and Contests!
Junction City has proven itself to love community events. Perhaps that has something to do with our vast military population who are always looking for new things to do. That being said, we love supporting our military families and appreciate their support to no end. So, as we have in the past, we are planning some new community events for 2023; be looking for more information as plans evolve!
As for our current, on-going activities, our free acrylic painting class held at the Geary County 4H Senior Center will continue with Gail Dye instructing. This class has become so popular we had to switch up the format a bit to accomodate more painters!
More Coming, So Be Looking!
There are a few plans that I'm not ready to divulge just yet, but be certain that they will be fun and different from what we've done in the recent past. I hope you are as eager to see the new year get moving with fun community events as we are! Make sure to always be informed and aware of our classes, programs and events by following us on Facebook, that's where a lot of info is share almost daily.
Thanks for supporting JCAC over the last many, many years, we love you all and are very grateful.
Sherry Frewerd - JCAC Director