Fool For Art
It started in 2006 with a simple question: how do we spread the word about the resources available to the community through John Tyler Community College?
The answer? The Fool for Art Festival, a community day designed to give faculty and staff members at the College an opportunity to share their talents and the College’s resources with the community through free educational sessions, hands-on activities, information booths and more one Saturday in April.
From the start, the Fool for Art Festival was a success. The first year, over 3,000 people came to campus and learned more about their community’s College. They participated in class sessions designed to please all ages and interests. They got their hands dirty with their children as they decorated t-shirts, tested their skills in wax, and learned how germs can spread. They shopped the beautiful and fun artwork on display from plenty of art and craft vendors.
And, now, that free, fun day has truly grown into a community event as the College has begun to invite more and more community organizations to participate in the event, spreading both the scope and the purpose of the event. For the first time in 2008, Fool for Art focused on green programs and activities, an emphasis that only grew as the College combined Fool for Art with Chesterfield County’s Environmental Fair in 2009.
Fool for Art is a truly a community day sure to have something for everyone. So mark your calendar, and be a Fool for Art!