B-B-E students attend 25th annual Conference for Young Artists

Event hosted by Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall

Students and teachers from area school districts and numerous parents with their students were among the 1,045 participants at the Conference for Young Artists held on October 25. This was the 25th annual conference sponsored by the Southwest Minnesota Arts Council and SWWC Service Cooperative and held at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall.

From Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa elementary, 22 students in grades four through six attended the conference.

Derek Anderson, the keynote presenter, shares his personal story of struggles and successes on his journey to becoming a successful children's author and illustrator. He inspired students and adults by his message about when you get rejections you just keep on trying. Derek also presented three small group sessions with students, where they created characters and drew story lines.

Students attended three hands-on sessions on various topics related to the arts such as, zentangle, origami, paper marbling, pointillism, woven bracelets, watercolor painting, creating creepy vs. cute characters, chalk painting, becoming a zombie, tile art, birch tree painting, dance, mixed media, hand lettering and so much more. Students were excited to be there to try new things and very focused and engaged on creating their own personal piece of artwork.

Thanks to the sponsors for their support of this program, along with other student activities of the SWWC Service Cooperative. Title Sponsors: The Schwan Food Company (sponsor of Culinary Skills Challenge), Southwest Minnesota

Arts Council (sponsor of Young Artists), and Southwest Minnesota Workforce Council (sponsor of Career Expo). Program Sponsors: ADM Corn Processing, Great River Energy, Lyon-Lincoln Electric Cooperative Inc., Marshall Radio, Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Southwest Minnesota State University and SWWC Service Cooperative. Supporters: Hadley Lions Club, Nobles-Murray Rural Electric Trust and US Bank. Advocates: Bedford Industries, Christensen Farms, Hefty Seed Company and North Star Mutual Company.


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