Childen’s artwork on display in Shoreham & Orwell until Aug. 24

SHOREHAM / ORWELL — VSA Vermont, the state organization on arts and disability, is hosting a children’s art show at Orwell Free Library from July 27-Aug. 19, and Platt Memorial Library in Shoreham from July 20-Aug. 24.
The exhibition, which can be seen during normal library hours, features the work of children from Muffy Kashkin Grollier’s home childcare program. The public is invited to these free exhibits.
The children’s art exhibit is part of VSA Vermont’s Start with The Arts (SWTA) Early Childhood Program. SWTA is a free statewide early literacy program, serving 285 children and 42 childcare providers annually. The program includes multi-genre arts-based literacy activities taught by trained teaching-artists. SWTA also provides experiential learning opportunities for childcare providers to create and teach their own lessons so that they can advance in their careers. By the end of the seven-month program, childcare providers have created and delivered 16 of their own arts-based literacy activities, ensuring confidence, skill, and habit in providing quality early education long-term.
Muffy Kashkin Grollier’s program is located in Orwell. She participated in the Spring 2017 SWTA program under the instruction of VSA VT’s teaching-artist Lisa Condino.
“Start with the Arts has enriched and enhanced my love of children’s literature and the arts,” Kashkin Grollier said. “Through this program I have explored new ways to bring the stories alive for the children in my program. The children’s creativity continues with their own ideas after the SWTA time is over. I plan to continue this format throughout the school year in my preschool schedule as well as in my summer activities.”

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