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A piece created for the A is for Art event on on Saturday, April 22 at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. (Credit: SDSU Children's Center) A piece created for the A is for Art event on on Saturday, April 22 at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. (Credit: SDSU Children's Center)
 


A is for Art

The SDSU Children’s Center will showcase artwork created by the center’s kids during its annual A is for Art event.
By Katie Stanchis
 

The faculty and staff at the San Diego State University Children’s Center understand that young children can acquire both communicative and critical thinking skills at an early age through art expression.

For the past decade, the SDSU Children’s Center has put on the A is for Art event, which showcases the artistic expression of children between the ages of six months and five years. Local guest artists visit the center to discuss their art, demonstrate different artistic styles, and work in collaboration with the teachers to mentor the children in creating their own paintings.

“Families are in awe of the beautiful works the children have created,” said Jane-Ann Carol, assistant director of programs at the SDSU Children’s Center.

In hopes of attracting more community members, the SDSU Children’s Center will host its annual gala event from 6-7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at the Mingei International Museum in Balboa Park. The gala will include an auction of 11 paintings as well as a surfboard created by the children and their teachers. The event is adult-only, and wine and appetizers will be served.

Carol said the primary goal of the event is to help people understand that even very young children are capable of creating beautiful art. A is for Art is also the SDSU Children’s Center’s primary fundraising event. All proceeds go directly back into the classrooms, funding materials, supplies, and designated pieces of equipment.

For more information on the A is Art event and how to get involved, visit the SDSU Children’s Center website.