The Yadkin Arts Council to kick-off their second semester of the “Junior Appalachian Musicians” after-school Program on September 3, 2019
(Yadkinville, NC) –The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center is thrilled for the new school year to begin because it means the start of the Fall Junior Appalachian Musician program (JAM). On Tuesday afternoons from 3:45-6pm the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center comes alive as sounds of the next generation of old-time and bluegrass musicians, coming into their own, fills the whole of the facility. Children as young as 3rd grade and beyond gather together in small groups wielding fiddles, mandolins, banjos, and guitars to participate in weekly lessons and Jams.
Registration now open for students looking to play banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and guitar
The Yadkinville JAM program features special field trips, lessons taught by professionals, performances and showcases, enrichment in which students learn Appalachian music along with its history, music theory, and most importantly it provides a safe place where students are encouraged to socialize and come into their own. The program in its entirety cost $75 per semester and scholarships are available to those in need.
This after-school program, in affiliation with Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. is funded by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council and the Wayne Henderson Scholarship Foundation, along with private funding through the Yadkin Arts Council. The program not only teaches students how to play an instrument, but it actively engages and inspires pride and interest in the students learning about their own heritage and provides a community where they can come learn in a healthy community and form bonds with students they might not meet otherwise.
When: Tuesdays starting September 3 from 3:45-6pm
Cost: $75 per semester/15 sessions of classes, plus additional field trips, showcases, and more.
Where: Yadkin Cultural Arts Center Plaza, 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville
About Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc.
Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. envisions a world in which all children have the opportunity to experience community through the joy of participating in traditional mountain music together.
Their mission is to provide communities with the tools and support they need to teach children to play and dance to traditional old time and bluegrass music.
They believe that children who are actively engaged in traditional mountain music are more connected and better prepared to strengthen their communities for future generations. For more information, check out jamkids.org.
About the Yadkin Arts Council
The Yadkin Arts Council and Cultural Arts Center’s mission is to enrich the lives of every citizen of Yadkin County through a broad variety of arts programs that touch, inspire and involve creative spirits of all ages and all backgrounds. We believe art is transformational. Arts open minds, frees imagination, and helps people see the world from different perspectives.
The Yadkin Arts Council is a nonprofit 501(C)3 organization. In September, 2010, the council opened the new Yadkin Cultural Center, providing a home for the arts in Yadkin County. It encompasses the Welborn Gallery, the Willingham Theater, the Center Bistro, classrooms and meeting rooms, staff offices and working artist studios. The Yadkin Arts Council website at yadkinarts.org provides up-to-date information about existing and upcoming exhibits, events and programs, and offers forms and rules for artists wishing to submit artwork for future exhibits and juried shows.
About the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center
The Yadkin Cultural Arts Center is an arts campus located in downtown Yadkinville and is home to the Willingham Theater, Welborn Gallery, the Center Bistro, the Willingham Performing Arts Academy, Spark Costume Shop, the Front Yard private event space, and The YARD artist studios.
The Willingham Theater which is state of the art, seats 193 people and showcases performances in music, dance, drama, and film.
Located directly outside of the theater is the Welborn Gallery, which has exhibits that change every two months and feature wide varieties of mediums of 2D and 3D art.
In 2018 the Arts Center also became home to the the Willingham Performing Arts Academy; a facility that provides a place to enrich, educate, create, entertain, and collaborate with the community through professional quality productions and training in the arts.
Also located within the Arts Center, is the town renowned Center Bistro, which offers an eclectic mix of breakfast items, deli sandwiches, wraps, soups, fresh salads, and more all of which can be enjoyed inside or outside on the plaza. The Bistro also serves dinner on select evenings and for special events and offers catering. To make reservations or to order catering call 336.677.6006.
This Project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources. www.NCArts.org.