Bacon County 4-H received a Grassroots Art Grant from the Georgia Council for the Arts and has hosted programs in four different areas over the past year.
4-H’ers were able to see a performance of the musical Annie by the Appling County Community Theater in Baxley, Georgia. It was open to the public and it was promoted to all students in grades 5-12 in Bacon County Schools. 53 participants enjoyed seeing the play and talking about it for several days following the trip. This experience inspired several of the students to try out for local plays in Alma.
Mark Rothstein’s World of Rope Jumping is a performance that is designed to entertain, motivate, encourage, and teach youth. All students in grades 6-8 were in attendance, along with teachers and staff. As a performing professional athlete, role model, entertainer and educator, Mark presented a motivational 45-minute show based on electrifying rope jumping routines and interactive character building skits.
A local artist was asked to design and paint “blueberry buddy” murals for the Goldwasser downtown park restrooms and a local builder was hired to create a 4’ X 8’ marquee to hang on the back of the amphitheater in the park to be used to advertise various community events. Since Bacon County is the Blueberry Capital of Georgia, the Blueberry Buddy murals help to promote blueberries and brighten the appearance of local parks and facilities.
Knitting classes were held for adults and youth using funds from the Grassroots Art Grant.
Next year, Bacon County 4-H hopes to use funds from the Grassroots Art Grant to host a four-day Art Camp in collaboration with a local art gallery.