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Johns Creek Art Center Celebrating 20 Years of Sharing Art Classes with the Community

By Elisha Neubauer

When it comes to celebrating art in the Johns Creek area, nobody holds a candle to Johns Creek Arts Center. The Center was opened in 1996 as the Ocee-Warsaw Arts Center, ten years before Johns Creek even came to be. After the birth of Johns Creek, however, the Center shifted its residency, moving to its current location in 2007. One of the busiest arts centers in Georgia, Johns Creek Arts Center has been at the center of the community's growth, expansion, and development, holding their hand as they began their first steps as a city.

Since it's reopening as Johns Creek Arts Center, the not for profit organization has seen tremendous growth in both attendance and class offerings. In 2015, they broke records with their participant roster, in both adult and youth categories, with 2016 trending to already beat these numbers.

One of the reasons for the Centers success is the scheduling of classes to make it easy for both individuals and families to attend. Classes are currently available in both daytime and evening six days out of the week in an impressive variety of subjects. Painting, drawing, photography, and ceramics are just the tip of the iceberg, with over 40 classes being offered by a smattering of experienced instructors.

"People come here to get their art fix and, in the process, discover new friends as well," says Althea Foster, JCAC's Program Director and Curator. "Depending on the individual, art class can be a solitary and reflective time or it can be a weekly social activity."

Johns Creek Arts Center puts a heavy focus on their children's and youth programs. From toddlers to teenagers, classes are designed for the particular interests and abilities of young artists. The popularity of these programs has resulted in young people comprising more than half the Center's annual enrollment.

To continue this focus into the summer months, the Center offers over sixty one-week art camps, drawing in over 1,100 children annually. "Kids get excited about art and our instructors are skilled at channeling that enthusiasm and helping them create some excellent work," says Stuart Miller, the Center's Executive Director.

Not to ignore the remaining community members, Johns Creek Art Center collaborates with eleven different partner agencies across twenty off-site venues. These locations include places such as senior centers, community centers, schools, and libraries and are often grant-funded, allowing them to be offered to citizens at little or no cost.

This year sees the Center celebrating its 20th anniversary. To mark this momentous occasion, the organization has plans to continue to diversify and expand the education program and also add new partners to the outreach initiative. "We are proud of our accomplishments during the past two decades," says Miller, "but we are confident that the best is yet to come."

For more information please visit their website at www.johnscreekarts.org.

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