HANFORD — This month’s Hanford Art Hop’s message is that it’s never too early to start appreciating art — or making it.
For this month’s event, the artists showing, creating and even selling their work will all be children. The #CreateKings (County) Youth Art Hop is scheduled for 6-8 p.m. in downtown Hanford and will see dozens of young artists showing off their ever-evolving skills as they learn how to find their artistic voices.
“It’s basically the same except it’s kids’ art and we have a deeper message,” organizer Nate Odom said.
That deeper message is creativity itself and, specifically, how to make it a more important factor in our classrooms.
Odom, the operator of HanfordEvents.com and host of the How’s Hanford radio show on KFUN, is working with the Kings County Office of Education and Create CA to raise awareness for the vital role creativity’s plays in developing minds.
“People think about art education as child’s play, but it’s not. It’s all really important, there’s a just a fun way to learn it,” he said.
Dance can teach a child how to be comfortable in their own body, interpreting art can lead to a better understanding of others while creating one’s own art can teach a child how to better convey their feelings, rather than leaving them unexpressed and bottled up.
“Better communication in the world can go a long way,” he said.
Create CA is a coalition dedicated to ensuring that all California students receive equal access to a high-quality arts education. The idea isn’t purely aesthetic, it almost makes sense economically, Odom said.
California’s creative industry supports 2.6 million jobs, generating more than $600 billion in annual revenue, according to Create CA statistics. Only about one percent of those jobs are based in Kings County, Odom said.
Dozens of young local artists will present their work in various downtown businesses during the event, culminating in an after-party from 8-10 p.m. at Fast Café featuring music by Sands.
The Corcoran-based band members range in age from 13-15 and have already been together for two years.
“Being we are a younger there aren’t very many places to perform because of our age but as of now we are getting more opportunities as we go,” guitarist Max Howard said in an email to the Sentinel.
Howard met bassist John in preschool and drummer Alexa in their 8th grade jazz band. The trio bonded over their similar taste in music — Metallica, Nirvana and Black Sabbath are cited as influences — and decided to become a band.
Howard said that the band hasn’t recorded anything professionally yet, but have plans for the future.
“We are always looking for gigs,” he said.
Find the band on Facebook by searching for “SandsJam.”