Homer Alaska - Letters

Story last updated at 4:21 PM on Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Support keeps art alive, accessible

Thank you, Wells Fargo Insurance, for your generous donation and continued support for the Homer Council on the Arts after-school youth art classes. Participation in the arts is essential to the healthy development of our children. It is so important to help meet this need in the community as the availability of art in schools diminishes with budget cuts. Support from businesses, grants and community members is what makes it possible for HCOA to offer youth programming.

HCOA offered after-school "Art for Kids" for many years, most notably thanks to Renee Jahnke. Lynn Naden took over briefly until Marie Alexson stepped in over the past two years and developed "ArtQuest."

Thank you to these wonderful and dedicated art teachers. HCOA welcomes our newest teacher, Alayne Tetor, who will start teaching Jan. 31 on Tuesdays for grades K-3, and Thursdays for grades 4-8. Financial assistance is available. The board and staff at HCOA look forward to the creativity and laughter of children back in the gallery after the holiday break.

Thank you, Wells Fargo Insurance, for keeping art alive and available for our youth. For more information about ArtQuest call 235-4288.

Gail Edgerly, executive director

Homer Council on the Arts