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Published 8/19/2004

Owens Child Care Center Hosts First-Ever Children's Art Show, Friday, August 20

Children attending Owens Community College's Child Care Center will display their artistic qualities, creative impressions and imaginative masterpieces to the community by holding the first-ever Children's Art Show on Friday, August 20.

More than 100 pieces of children's work will be on display from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Owens' Audio/Visual Classroom Center on the Toledo-area Campus. Owens is located on Oregon Road, four miles from downtown Toledo. The Children's Art Show is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

Young artists ages 6 weeks to 12 years old will showcase a variety of works, including mosaics, collages, clay sculptures and watercolor pieces. The art show is the culmination of a three-month summer art program at the College's Child Care Center.

"The Owens Child Care Center Children's Art Show is an exciting and rewarding time to display the hard work and talents of our children," said Maribeth Tercha, Owens Manager of the Child Care Center. "These young artists have been anxiously looking forward to showcasing their works of art to family, friends, teachers and the community."

Tercha added, "Creating an artistic environment where children can express their interests and emotions is an excellent method to broaden a child's insight and heighten cognitive development."

The Children's Art Show was inspired by the Reggio Emilia educational philosophy. The Owens Child Care instructors utilized the Reggio Emilia philosophy in their art curriculum, inviting the children's interests to guide artistic creations. Books and other literature read during the art program influenced many of the masterpieces.

The mission of the Owens Community College Child Care Center is to provide quality child care for the children of employees, students and the surrounding communities. The program is devoted to enhancing the lives of children through developmentally appropriate curriculum, which is child centered.

Children enrolled in the Owens Child Care Center have the opportunity to interact with the College's Early Childhood Education Technology students, which provides opportunities for more individual attention. Owens students benefit through practical hands-on lab experiences that deepens their understanding and learning about young children.

The children's artwork will be displayed in the lobby of the Audio/Visual Classroom Center on the Toledo-area Campus for the remainder of August. For more information about the Owens Child Care Center Children's Art Show, call (567) 661-7406 or 1-800-GO-OWENS, Ext. 7406.

Owens Community College is the fastest-growing higher educational institution in Ohio with 28 consecutive semesters of enrollment increases. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 44,000 credit and non-credit students making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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