Summer arts program delivers on creativity and fun

SASFY is committed to top quality educational arts instruction and unique creative opportunity for youth.

The fourth annual summer arts school workshops program of the Summer Arts Scene For Youth in Central Okanagan Society (SASFY) came to a dazzling culminating showcase finale on Saturday Aug. 17th at George Elliot Secondary School and Creekside Theatre in Lake Country.

SASFY and its ever growing popular August summer arts program for youth ages eight to 16, experienced a record year of student enrolment surpassing its wildest expectations.

Super excited students, clad in bright yellow self-custom-designed T-shirts along with a very supportive and enthusiastic crowd jam-packed the theatre to experience an amazing outpouring of unique creativity in a diverse variety of arts disciplines: photography, egg writing, culinary arts, urban and contemporary dance, native crafts, animation, mixed media, woodworking, theatre, painting, voice, quilling, adventures in clay and fashion design.

Vibrantly coloured and boldly textured art work filled the foyer along with a SASFY fundraising arts card booth and especially designed and created student arts projects to help support the SASFY Kids Helping Kids Fund. The fund is for local talented youth in dire financial need to make their dreams come true to attend SASFY 2014.

Energetic dance performances, “WOW Effect” photography and clever animation presentations on the big screen entertained a captivated audience.

Special acknowledgements and thanks were made to MLA Norm Letnick and Lake Country Mayor James Baker who were in attendance, as well as to president Margaret Brown and the District of Lake Country Rotary Club for their most generous and ongoing financial support.

Special thanks was also given to Dr. Rick Oliver, director of the arts for School District#23 for the wonderful, ongoing collaborative support and partnership with SASFY and the financial assistance of helping sponsor 11 worthy artistic students who attend schools in the district.

On behalf of SASFY, I would like to thank all the students, parents, volunteers, supporters and board of directors for another great year and a raving success story.

Plans are already underway for our fifth annual summer arts school program in August, 2014, and 15 workshops with a creative twist of popular favourite as well as brand new workshops in a variety of unique arts disciplines.

Come and share your thoughts for a most worthy local, non-profit incorporated arts group with Revenue Canada charitable status at the SASFY AGM, Saturday Sept. 21 from 2 to 4p.m. at the Choices Market on Harvey in Kelowna.

Everybody is welcome to attend, listen and participate in discussion, volunteer, become a member and perhaps let your name stand for election as a new dedicated and passionate SASFY board of director is chosen.

SASFY is committed to top quality educational arts instruction and unique creative opportunity for youth as well as the health and vitality of our community.

Claudia Kargl is SASFY president and artistic director.