To the Editor: Youth Arts Village a big part of BG festival
Written by Matthew Reger   
Wednesday, 18 September 2013 09:29
One of the unique aspects of the Black Swamp Arts Festival is the Kiwanis Youth Arts Village. That tradition goes back to the very beginning of the festival when it was decided that a youth arts area was essential to the festival.
Youth Arts happens only because of our supporters and volunteers. This year our primary sponsor was the Bowling Green Kiwanis Club, which gave $6,000 and committed to future support of youth arts.
The nuts and bolts of putting youth arts together is entrusted to a dedicated group of volunteers who begin planning activities as soon as the festival ends the year before. This year that committee was made up of Wendy Murphy, Joy Hobson, Rob Morgan, Lisa Morgan, Monica Dietrick, Kendra Bucks, Molly Thobe, Amanda Fleming, Lyn Cheatwood, Tara McNutt, Jane Vanden Eynden, Lloyd Triggs, Mary Culver, Heidi Reger and Kate Skaff.  Each and every one of them put in untold hours of effort in planning youth arts for 2013.
All of that planning comes to culmination in the two days that youth arts runs during the festival. This year over 1,000 children enjoyed the many activities in youth arts. That happened because we were able to have the assistance of nearly 400 volunteers. The volunteers came from a wide variety of places in Bowling Green and included the BGSU Women's Volleyball, BGSU Alpha Phi Omega, PNC Bank - Bowling Green, St. Mark's Lutheran Church adult group, BGSU Women's Basketball, BGSU Men's Hockey, BGSU Women's Soccer, BGSU Golden Zonta club, Bowling Green High School Art students, Bowling Green Municipal Court, and numerous other volunteers.
Finally, we owe a debt of gratitude to the entire Bowling Green community. Downtown businesses that provide many of our supplies, the numerous residents who volunteer just because they want to help, parents who bring their children to enjoy art and all the other people who simply give a word of encouragement. You are the people who give those of us who organize this event the energy and desire to keep going each year.
Once again, thank you to everyone who made the 2013 Kiwanis Youth Arts Village at the Black Swamp Arts Festival a great success!
Matthew Reger
Chair of  Black Swamp Arts Festival Youth Arts Comm.
Bowling Green

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