Creating Community Engagement
Public Art: Murals
The Mentor Mural Mash-up Program has been a huge success, creating over 30 vibrant murals around the community so far! This program engages youth with community service hours. The group has worked with many artists locally and across the country to create these murals. This wouldn't have been made possible without Creston Arts, the Iowa Juvenile Court Services, the Iowa Department of Human Services, The Dwight and Marilyn Conover Foundation, The Iowa Arts Council, The Knock Family Foundation, Creston Community High School Arts, and Bailey and Blake Fry-Schnormeier.
The program has even attracted the attention of Iowa PBS who has created a short documentary about the project. Check out the episode about the mural project filmed by Creston’s own Laurel Bower of PBS!
Summer Art Camp
Held in the Art Center in the last three weeks of June, this program is the perfect way to keep your child exploring their creativity during the summer. Classes start with kindergarten to fifth-grade students in the morning and sixth to eighth-grade students in the afternoon. High school students are invited to volunteer and work on leadership skills.
Art Camp is a place where we celebrate diversity and inclusion among our students, assistants, and instructors. All are welcome and encouraged to express themselves and their culture through art. At Art Camp, students explore a variety of projects incorporating several different media and art forms. Many of these activities focus on using found and repurposed objects. Send your kids to camp and see what they can create!
Chalk the Town
We partner with the Creston Chamber to decorate the town for thousands of visitors who come for Independence Day celebrations. This program incorporates youth by inviting them to help create chalk murals for local businesses all over town. We give out over 300 packs of chalk to kids to create these amazing murals. Our downtown “Walk of Chalk” is a way to proudly represent all the great businesses that help to build our community. This opportunity provides a chance for youth to participate in the community while also showing support to local businesses.
Skate for Awareness
Skate for Awareness was established after a teen suicide in Creston in 2010 and after the suicide of a long-time skateboarder in the Creston community. The group is dedicated to providing suicide awareness, education, and an opportunity for the community to come together to learn and grow in positive ways. The Skate for Awareness project is addressing a lack of information regarding suicide prevention and awareness and doing so utilizing an activity that is supportive and encourages participation by all.
GSA Club (Gay-Straight Alliance)
"The mission of the Creston Arts GSA is to provide a caring and supportive safe space that educates and informs others to create a better understanding of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies for the CCHS District. The GSA group was created in 2019. As our mission statement states, we want to help inform others so that there can be a better understanding of LGBTQ+ struggles."