October 1-7, communities nationwide will come together to honor The Y Arts Week – an annual celebration to promote the power of art to EDUCATE, INSPIRE, AND CONNECT. Celebrated every October during National Arts and Humanities Month, Arts Week strives to showcase the unique talents of artists of all ages and to bring together youth, families, and entire communities.
Arts Week is an initiative of the YMCA. At the Y, we believe the arts have the power to:
- UNITE communities and encourage fellowship
- CONNECT kids and teens to themselves and their peers as they share their enjoyment and passion with each other
- PROVIDE new challenges and opportunities for hands-on learning and growth
- ENCOURAGE families to develop traditions of arts and crafts that can be passed down for generations
- IMPROVE creative and tactical skills, helping kids and adults reach their God-given potential
- SUPPORT youth in the ability to express themselves, develop confidence and greater self-esteem
The Arts at YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly
The arts have a special place at Blue Ridge. Not only are they part of our longstanding Appalachian heritage, but they are also an integral part of our ministry to serve guests and help strengthen spirit, mind, and body.
For generations, the Blue Ridge Craft Shop has provided opportunities for those who wish to create a tangible reminder of their time and experience on the mountain. There are a variety of projects for all skill levels and interests including working with clay and ceramics, candle-making, acrylic painting on wood, leather stamping, jewelry making, and fiber arts of weaving, felting, tie-dye.These activities allow our guests to experience heritage crafts of the Appalachian mountains, to express the inspirational beauty of God’s creation, and to find pleasure and peace in working together in community.
Through arts programming at Blue Ridge, we are able to reach kids who are otherwise not being reached. For instance, in collaboration with the YMCA of Western North Carolina Day Camp youth came each week over the summer to experience our Craft Shop. Campers, ages 6-12, made felted soap, clay pots, woven oven mitt, and other creations in our Craft Shop that they were able to take home.
As we extend our services to others in the community, our ability to support the YMCA mission stretches even further. Are you an arts organization looking to gather and create? Contact Danielle Tocaben, Sales Director to plan a mountain retreat for your group. We look forward to seeing you soon and sharing in the spirited creativity and artistic expression that Blue Ridge inspires!