Payson Art League Education Program To Benefit From Ice Cream Social

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Down the Street Art Gallery is hosting an Ice Cream Social Friday, Aug. 7 to benefit the Payson Art League’s Arts Education Program which donates art supplies for our local schools. While many art programs are being cut due to budget constraints, these supplies are even more important, organizers said in a press release.

During First Friday on Main Street, Aug. 7 from 5 to 8 p.m., ice cream will be dipped for a $1 donation per scoop, add your toppings for free. Enjoy art, music and camaraderie as well as the unveiling of Storybead Zissler’s ceramic caricature interpretation of her fellow artists at Down the Street Art Gallery, 703 W. Main St.

Studies show that participating in art programs helps to improve the overall academic performance of children, and show that kids actively engaged in arts education have higher test scores.

It also helps develop skills needed by the 21st century workforce — critical thinking, creative problem solving, effective communication skills and teamwork — and allows kids to express themselves creatively and bolsters self-confidence, organizers said.

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