CHIPLEY — The Early Learning Coalition of Northwest Florida, along with business and other organizations in the community, held “ArtKidDoo — A Celebration of Children and the Arts” Saturday, April 6, in Shivers Park in Chipley.
Hundreds of children and their parents came out to paint, draw, create and otherwise have fun.
“Families can bring their children to Shivers Park and spend time experiencing the creative process in a variety of mediums including drawing and painting, collage, music, dance, storytelling and drama,” said Lynne Eldridge, executive director of the Early Learning Center. “Research shows that it is important for all children, beginning when they are very young, to have the opportunity to express themselves both through play and the arts. ArtKidDoo will give them that opportunity.”
Children were making angel wings, having their faces painted, blowing bubbles and having fun enjoying the beautiful weather Saturday.
Winners of the art competition were also chosen, with each winner receiving a ribbon and a monetary prize. First place was Aysha Dye, who won $25; second place was Alexandra Pearce, who received $15; and third place was won by Jenna Gilmore, who took home $10.
Washington County Arts Council Chairwoman Suzan Gage said she hopes to make the ArtKidDoo an annual event.