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Clayton library to host art festival

By Linda Looney-Bond

lbond@news-daily.com

The Clayton County Headquarters Library will host a multi-cultural are festival, this Saturday, as part of National Library Week.

The "Families Create Art Around the World" festival will be held at the main library, located at 865 Battle Creek Road, in Jonesboro, from 12:45 to 4:45 p.m.

"It's open to everyone. It's free. It's for all ages," said Janice Arcuria, assistant director for Youth Services for the Clayton County Library System.

The event will include dance, art, music, crafts, story-telling and other activities, all with a multicultural theme, according to Arcuria.

"We wanted to show the idea that everyone around the world is artistic and creates art that relates to their culture," she said.

One exhibit featured as part of the festival, and currently on display in the library's main lobby, is a collection of art from India belonging to Paddy Sharma, a Clayton County Library Foundation member.

"I really want Clayton County to have an international flavor," said Sharma, a Jonesboro resident, and native of India who has lived in the U.S. for 35 years. "We need to know about other cultures and other countries."

Also during the festival, the library's Youth Services department will provide bilingual Spanish/English story-telling.

For all ages, there will also be performances by a mariachi band and a Chinese dance group, according to Arcuria.

The festival is supported by the Grassroots Arts Program of the Georgia Council for the Arts, through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly, and in partnership with Arts Clayton.

Organizers are still accepting artwork for the event.

"If there are still multicultural artists that would like to display, I would love to have them," said Arcuria.

She said there is no charge to display artwork during the event.

The library is also seeking artwork, of any theme, for its ongoing lobby displays, according to Dianne Moore, assistant circulation supervisor for the headquarters library.

Moore said submissions can be original art or simply an interesting compilation of items collected. "The last one was someone's frog display," she said.

"We've had photography displays, nature artwork - I try to strongly reach out to Clayton County citizens," said Moore. However, she said submissions are not limited to Clayton County residents.

For more information on the festival and art displays, contact the main library at (770) 473-3850.