News Release

Get Ready for a Day of Creative Fun at the Fool for Art Festival

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Holly Walker
Public Relations and Marketing Specialist
804-594-1530
hwalker@jtcc.edu

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Heather Busch
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Released on March 29, 2012

News Release Highlights
  • 7th annual event
  • Held in partnership with Chesterfield County
  • Art and craft vendors
  • Free educational sessions and hands-on activities

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – Would you like to design a backyard sanctuary for wildlife or a garden for cut flowers? Would you like to create a beautiful t-shirt design using science? Are you interested in learning more about the latest online programs and application? Would you like to challenge your strategy skills with a chess tournament? Do you like to get creative? Is science your passion? Are you interested in the languages and cultures of foreign lands? Is staying healthy a priority? Have you always wanted to learn to dance? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then mark your calendars for Fool for Art. This annual festival held by John Tyler Community College in partnership with Chesterfield County will take place Saturday, April 21, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at the College’s Midlothian Campus (800 Charter Colony Parkway).

Fool for Art is a day packed with family fun, including art, music, hands-on activities and free educational sessions, and much more. Highlights include:

  • Art and craft area: Stroll through this area and shop from a selection of paintings, ceramics, woodwork, glass art, jewelry, photographs, folk art and more.
  • Art of Learning Tent: Get ready for lots of fun hands-activities. Inside the tent, visitors will get to make a volcano erupt, build a rocket, identify the bones in the human body, write their names in hieroglyphics, learn where germs hide, and create Maharaja Medallions with the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts – and that’s just the start!
  • Celebrate our Earth Tent: Want to go green? Chesterfield County wants to show you how. Learn about environmentally friendly landscaping, regional wildlife, and the newest eco-friendly cars. You can also play games, win prizes, and meet Tim, the talking trash can.
  • Free educational sessions, demonstrations and activities: Head inside the Academic and Science buildings for activities and sessions sure to interest people of all ages. Use science to decorate a t-shirt, learn about various computer programs and applications, learn how to make a film or take a great photo, enjoy adventures with the Story Lady, find out how your teens can Sketch out their futures, have fun with robotics, and much more.
  • Music, dancing and comedy: Get ready to have more fun in the courtyard, which will be filled with music, dancing, and skits.
  • Paper shredding: Free document shredding will take place from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. in parking lot D.
  • Rain barrels and composters: Purchase rain barrels and composters at reduced prices, while supplies last.
  • Food: Yummy offerings will be available throughout the day.

To learn more about Fool for Art, to get directions to the campus, and to find a complete list of art and craft vendors, activities, sessions, and food vendors, visit www.jtcc.edu/foolforart. Still want to know more? Contact Lisa Kendrick at lkendrick@jtcc.edu or 804-594-1527.

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 14,522 students during the 2010-11 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, eight certificates, and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 15,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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