Five years ago, MakeArtWork a Mississauga-based graphic design firm run by Sudhir and Sangeeta Bagwe took the initiative to create a fun art event for kids, the successful annual charity art event, “Kreative Kids On-the-Spot Drawing Competition” in Mississauga.
This year on June 6, the event happens at the L C Taylor Auditorium, Mississauga Valley Community Centre, Mississauga, from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm.
The contest is open to children between the ages of 5 and 15 years.
The aim of this contest is to encourage creativity and spontaneous thinking in children.
According to Sangeeta who understands fully well the way technology today has changed the way kids pursue hobbies. “Children are immersed in electronic gadgets from a very young age,” she says. “In the process they miss out on the joys of hand-created art and craft. Research has shown that art activities from an early age help build motor skills, visual learning, decision making skills and innovation – apart from experiencing the joy of creating art for art’s sake!”
Age-appropriate topics are announced on-the-spot. Art entries are judged by prominent artists from around the GTA. Exciting prizes and certificates are presented in each age category. Art and craft activities, other entertainment such as face painting, sweet treats and goodie bags add to the festive atmosphere. Kids have the opportunity to showcase their talents on a wonderful stage, whether it is musical instruments, singing, dancing or other skills. An art exhibition of kids’ artwork is also held to encourage children to follow their passion.
This year MakeArtWork is pleased to present two unique “Rangoli” and “Henna” Competitions for adults, thereby encouraging active participation from parents and adults. “Rangoli” is the art of decorating the entrance of the home with vibrant colours and patterns and is traditionally practised by women across South Asia. “Henna” is the art of drawing intricate designs on the hands and feet and is hugely popular among women across South Asia and Middle East.
The Mississauga Arts Council is an active supporter of this event.
Through this contest MakeArtWork helps create awareness of giving back to the community. Part of the proceeds of this event will be donated to the not-for-profit, registered charitable organization, Crafting for a Cure, which provides crafting supplies to sick children during hospital stays in over 100 hospitals across North America.
For registration, please visit make.art.work.co/kreative-kids.html. -CINEWS