The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center, in partnership with Appalachian State University, recently offered arts education workshops for teachers in Alexander County Schools. This unique learning opportunity for teachers was provided through the generous funding of the Sharpe Chair of Fine and Applied Arts at Appalachian State University, which was endowed by Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center founders, the late Eileen Lackey Sharpe and R.Y. Sharpe.
The workshop, led by Katrina Plato and Vick Grube, featured sessions for elementary, middle, and high school teachers. Classes combined the use of imagination, storytelling, and mixed media art techniques to create works that are designed to inspire teachers in their own future classroom projects.
“We are excited to work with Alexander County’s public schools to help teachers find innovative ways to build arts education into their existing curriculums,” said Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center Executive Director Pete Woods. “In so doing, we help students learn the art of self-expression and engage in creative problem solving, life skills that offer long term benefits as students prepare to enter an increasingly creative economy.”
Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center events, exhibits, and programs are made possible in part through the generous funding of Alexander County Government, the Town of Taylorsville, the Eileen and R.Y. Sharpe Family Foundation, The Winston-Salem Foundation, Duke Energy, the Catawba Valley Community Foundation, the Friends of the Center membership program, and by the Grassroots Grant of the N.C. Arts Council (a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources). The Hiddenite Arts & Heritage Center’s Lucas Mansion and Educational Complex are wheelchair accessible.