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Kids get taste of the arts at Housing Authority classes

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Three weeks, lots of paint, beads and assorted craft items, and plenty of smiles. Those were the ingredients of a summer of fun at the Wilson Housing Authority’s arts camps at its three public housing areas.

The annual camps were sponsored this year by the Arts Council of Wilson and the Wilson Rotary Club, which gave $1,000 to help spread the Arts Council’s programming for children and youth to kids who otherwise might not be able to take advantage of it.

More than 35 children from E.B. Jordan, Forrest Road and Whitfield homes participated in the camps that were taught by Anna Batts and Kim Valentine.

This was the third year that Batts, a Wilson native and Barton graduate who is currently in graduate school at East Carolina University, has taught at the camps.

Valentine is past president of the Wilson Active Artists and the lead teacher for the Arts Council’s Creative Kids classes. She lives in Elm City and has her own studio, Colorful Spirits.

For the Times

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