A number of jungle animals will cover the walls of the Carolina and Cochrane Galleries this month at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
The artwork, completed by children ages 1 to 5 enrolled in A Place to Grow preschool in Lincolnton, is part of the facility’s annual event to showcase students’ creativity and skills to both parents and the community.
The North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, funds the project through monies received by the National Endowment for the Arts, according to a press release from the Arts Council of Lincoln County.
Through the local preschool’s program, students not only engage with other children in their age group, further developing fine motor and social skills, but also participate in activities that refine competence in language and communication.
According to Teacher’s Aide Aneta Laney, who’s been working with A Place to Grow for more than two decades, the program is essential and beneficial for certain children with emotional and physical disabilities.
“It prepares them for kindergarten and being around other children,” she said.
The Lincolnton organization operates under the umbrella group of ComServ, Inc., a company devoted to using inclusive environments to maximize opportunities of growth for children with disabilities, according to comserve.org.
The company also works to simultaneously enhance the lives of children’s families.
This year’s life-like paper art exhibit, based on a “Jungle Jamboree” theme, contains everything from tree-swinging monkeys to a 3-D lion and alligator.
Classes also decorated gallery walls with students’ painted handprints and cutouts of their silhouettes.
The public will even get chance this year to purchase children’s collaborative artwork pieces, with all money raised benefiting A Place to Grow.
The items will be available through a silent auction, ACLC officials said.
Artwork will be displayed today through Feb. 28 at the Cultural Center, located at 403 East Main Street in Lincolnton.
For more information on the exhibit, call the ACLC at (704) 732-9044 or visit artslincolnnc.org.
Individuals interested in additional details on A Place To Grow can call Program Director Denise Machuga at (704) 732-1745.
A Place To Grow is located at 410 N. Poplar Street.