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The moment a child moves her crayon across a sheet of paper or dances to her favorite song something powerful and magical begins in her mind, heart, and soul — like a seed taking root. That something is art — and we believe it exists to transform children’s lives. Designed for students from 5K through 12th, ArtFIelds Jr. offers an array of year-round art programs, field trips, and a statewide youth art competition that provide creative fine arts outlets for underserved children and teens in the Lake City and surrounding areas.
ArtFields Jr. gives children from Lake City and the surrounding areas the chance to engage in and be nurtured by art — by color and form and by things made by hand, by artists and teachers and art lovers. Through our programs, kids do things they’ve often never done before, like see live artistic performances and art exhibitions, spend time talking with real artists, and learn and deepen their skills with a variety of artists representing a multitude of art disciplines.
Research shows that art boosts children’s achievement in everything from language, math, problem-solving, and inventiveness to conflict resolution, expression, and empathy, but perhaps art’s true gift is its ability to transport kids to a safe, welcoming world where they can explore their passions, release confining feelings and ideas, and discover a sense of joy and belonging that inspires everything they do — forever. That’s how we change the world — one young artists at a time.
Check out the great artwork that our South Carolina student artists have created throughout the years of ArtFields.
From handson experiences led by local art professionals to educational art tours, our programs inspire the creativity in kids of all ages.
Wednesday May 27, 2020
Right now your online presence is more important than ever. In today’s digital landscape, a strong social media presence can be one of the best tools at an artist’s disposal for marketing themselves. So today, we looked to our friends at Blue Ion for some quick social media marketing tips geared towards artists! Create specific social media accounts […]
Wednesday May 20, 2020
Over the years, we’ve amassed an amazing group of judges and jurors who have worked with us. We picked their brains for tips on how artists, especially those with nontraditional works or backgrounds, can break out and get noticed. Social media is your main office, be sure to treat it as such. Professionalism should be […]
Wednesday May 13, 2020
We know many of our artist friends are losing out on in-person events and gallery placements so it’s never been more important to look to improving your online presence. That can sound a bit daunting but there are some small tweaks you can make to really help put yourself out there. Search Engine Optimization. A […]
Friday May 8, 2020
We hope you’re enjoying #ArtFieldsAtHome as a way to virtually come together. Had we celebrated in person, ArtFields would have concluded by now, but we’re going to keep the energy and spirit alive online for a while longer. Stay tuned as we roll out even more original content in the coming weeks in the form […]
Thursday April 23, 2020
Greetings from Lake City! We hope that this communication finds you well. As you’ve likely heard, ArtFields 2020 was postponed due to the health risks associated with COVID-19. As the last month has unfolded, our concerns about the virus have increased as our leadership team and stakeholders have met daily to discuss the path ahead. We have collectively […]
Monday April 20, 2020
As you know, the coronavirus has altered our plans for ArtFields 2020. What hasn’t changed is our commitment to elevating and celebrating Southern art and, right now, that starts with you. On April 24th, the day we would normally kick off ArtFields with a ribbon-cutting and a welcoming of artists and art lovers to Lake […]