The Junior Art League Brings Art and Soul to Students

Junior Art League students practice graffiti art with local muralist, Jeff Mangum.

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Graffiti sign created by Junior Art League students under the direction of local muralist, Jeff Mangum.

The Junior Art League is gearing up for a year full of “Art and Soul”.  Their 2018-2019 theme, Art and Soul, captures the essence of their mission to encourage youth to follow their artistic passion, explore their talents and share those talents with the community.

The Junior Art League is a non-profit organization for 8th-12thgraders that meets monthly during the school year for workshops hosted by local artists and members of the Waxhaw Arts Council. The students get to meet professional artists, learn about their trade and how they got started.  The artists along with a team of volunteers provide instruction in various mediums that they may not be exposed to in schools including alcohol inks, mixed media, clay sculpting, pastels and fiber arts.

Additionally, the Junior Art League encourages its students to exhibit their art in local art shows, create a portfolio for scholarship opportunities and to volunteer at community events such as Kaleidoscope Festival, fundraisers for Project2Heal and creating community murals at local schools and hospitals.  In the past, student art work has been featured at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, Created in the Carolinas in Waxhaw and other local businesses.

The Junior Art League season officially kicks off on Thursday, August 30that 7 pm with their registration drive in the community room at CMC-Waxhaw, and with their first workshop on Sunday, September 23rdfrom 2-5 pm at the American Legion Hall. Prior to that, current Junior Art League students will help paint a mural inside Kensington Elementary School to recognize the school’s growing Mandarin emersion program.

To join, volunteer or donate to the Junior Art League,

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