A day of creative fun at the Fool for Art festival

Use science to create a beautiful t-shirt design. Learn how to make your own movie. Be wowed by the skills of some amazing robots. Test your knowledge of the human skeleton. Stretch those muscles with yoga. Get tips on how to navigate the web. Discover the safest way to discard medications and household waste. Find out how your teenager can earn college and high school credit simultaneously. Get creative by making your own book. Explore ways to improve your resume-writing skills. These are just a few examples of the many activities you can participate in during Fool for Art. This annual festival, held by John Tyler Community College in partnership with Chesterfield County, will take place Saturday, April 13,  from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at the College’s Midlothian Campus (800 Charter Colony Pkwy.). Admission is free.

The day will be 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, which will feature more than 100 vendors, and shop from a selection of paintings, ceramics, woodwork, glass art, jewelry, photographs, folk art and more.
  • Art of Learning Tent: Experiment, design, plant, imagine, create and learn. Get ready for lots of fun hands-activities for all ages.
  • Celebrate our Earth Tent: Want to go green? Chesterfield County wants to show you how. Find out what you can do at home to protect the environment, learn about regional wildlife, and check out the newest eco-friendly cars.
  • Free educational sessions, demonstrations and activities: Head inside Eliades Hall and Hamel Hall for a variety of activities and sessions. Whether you want to get in shape, be wowed by robots created by the Midlothian Area Robotics Team, improve your job-hunting skills, get creative, challenge your mind, get technical or find out ways to help your child explore his/her future – there’s a topic for you – no matter what your age.
  • Music, dancing and comedy: Get ready to have more fun in the courtyard, which will be filled with music, dancing, and improv.
  • Meet furry friends: Find out how to adopt a pet at the SPCA’s Tail Wag’N.
  • Paper shredding: Free document shredding will take place from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. in parking lot D.
  • Food: Yummy offerings from a variety of vendors 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 14,895 students during the 2011-12 academic year, offers 18 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 Hamel Hall on its Midlothian Campus, 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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