This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts. Lisa Barry and state and local arts leader Omari Rush talk with Jenna Bacolor, executive director of Ann Arbor Public Schools Community Division, about the many community arts opportunities provided by the "Rec and Ed" department in the school district.
Ann Arbor's Recration & Education, or "Rec & Ed," program has been serving the community at large for many years. The program's executive director, Jenna Bacalor, states its mission is to promote health and well-being among Ann Arbor residents and promote the idea of "lifelong learning."
Yet, like many educational programs across the state of Michigan and the country, Red & Ed had to make some serious adjustments, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Many of Rec & Ed's special classes, including its art classes, went virtual. For example, instructors for the watercolor painting courses starting posting "How To" videos online and started conducting their classes online via Zoom. As of now, all winter classes will be virtual, but Bacalor hopes to reintroduce in-person, outdoor art classes in the spring.
If you'd like to enroll in any winter art courses, go to aarecedonline.com. Most classes will require an strong, online connection at home, but paint kits and other necessary equipment can be mailed to your home.
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