Market, DAA join for kids art
by Paisley Boston
Jul 03, 2014 | 1729 views | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Some local youth will have a chance to partake in food inspired art activities on Saturday.

According to Rori Herbison, Delta Arts Alliance executive director, DAA has partnered with the Cleveland Farmers Market to help provide creative activities for children.

Herbison said the event is set from 8–11 a.m. Saturday at the Farmers Market and the fee is $5 per child.

"As of now, we do not have a set schedule but once a month we plan to have an artist to provide some sort of art activity. The activity will be a thematic thread to the Farmers Market," said Herbison.

"This event is in conjunction with the Farmers Market introduction of 'Kids Day.' We wanted to help enhance the Farmers Market activities," she added.

Herbison said DAA is not only partnering with the market but the market is also partnering with DAA.

The vision of DAA is to have quality arts experiences for as many children as possible by providing classes and field trips.

"The kids are not required to bring anything except themselves and creativity. We want to provide support and sustainability to the efforts of the community and the Farmers Market. The market has a great history and it provides great service," said Herbison.

The Cleveland Farmers Market has been a leader in the Delta by providing fresh foods grown by our neighbors to our neighbors.

The fresh foods that vendors supply our community not only puts tastier, healthier meals on our tables, but also feeds our spirits in a way that no other food store can.

"There is strength in partnership and I think partnerships are part of our active role in the Delta Arts Alliance – it is right there in our name, 'alliance.' We want to allow another avenue for creativity for the young minds of Cleveland," said Herbison.

Delta Arts Alliance has been driven since its inception in 1999 with the pure spirit of its original visionaries and continues to inspire and be inspired by the various organizations in the Cleveland community who share in its passion to not only provide art, but to provide the very best art.

The artist for the event on Saturday is long standing artist and resident of Cleveland, Lawson King.

"Lawson will have a potato art activity for kids. All supplies will be provided. We are really excited to partner with DAA to provide a fun, educational Saturday morning for families," said Michelle Johansen, market manager.

"We are located at the Market Alley in downtown Cleveland right next to Mosquito Burrito. In addition to the art activity, we will have free kids activities like wading pools for little kiddos, seed planting, and sidewalk chalk," she added.

The market’s goals are to create a market where local farmers and producers can sell directly to consumers and to build community by having a weekly gathering space with social opportunities.