\n\nOn Wednesday, treatment see March 16th, sick Bridget Matros, Coordinator of Youth and Family Outreach at Waterfall Arts, will give a free talk on how to support the creative development of young people. The talk begins at 5:30 pm; all are welcome to attend, light snacks provided.\n\nMatros points out that Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist, the problem is how to remain one once we grow up.” In the talk, Matros will zero in on exactly what puts out that spark, and how to break the cycle of “creative deficiency.” Participants will refresh their awareness of what creative thinking looks like, and learn ways to support the natural development of these invaluable skills. Matros will also dispel some myths about setting boundaries; she says, “Some parents may see ‘no’ as a bad word and that limits are the enemy of creativity. But the right limitations not only allow skills to fully develop, but also present challenges that kids rise to brilliantly. And that’s ultimately what it’s about – not necessarily raising future sculptors or painters, but capable, expressive, and flexible beings who thrive in a world of new, constantly shifting challenges.”\n\nMatros will also give practical tips on materials, creative exercises, language for giving kids feedback, and how to balance the emphasis on “process over product.” There will also be an opportunity to join the volunteer call-list for youth programs and events at Waterfall Arts.\n\nBridget Matros has been an educator for fifteen years, teaching all levels and in just about every setting, from preschool circle-time to computer literacy for the elderly. She designed and ran the Art Studio exhibit and program at the Boston Children’s Museum for ten years, developing best practices for informal education with families. She recently piloted an afterschool arts program across three schools in south Boston, for 130 students.\n\nIn addition Matros provides training for early childhood educators, introducing ways to develop and support creativity. Nationally recognized as an upcoming arts leader, her call to arms for quality creative experiences in preschool and kindergarten was published in “20Under40: Reinventing the Arts and Arts Education for the 21st Century”. Matros’ academic background includes a BA from Oberlin College in Sociology and Psychology, course work at Mass Art and Harvard Extension, and acceptance to Lesley University’s Expressive Therapies Master’s program. Her artistry includes visual art in a range of media (including interactive assemblage, altered books, paper cutting, and mixed media) in addition to acting, producing, singing, and performance.\n\n \n\n \n\nSince 2000, Waterfall Arts has served as the midcoast area’s non-profit community art center. 2016 marks its tenth year in Belfast; offering innovative classes, open studios, workshops, exhibitions, studio rentals, and cultural events. The organization is supported by yearlong business sponsor, Revision Energy, individual and business donations, and charitable foundations. Waterfall Arts is located at 256 High Street in Belfast. For more information, visit waterfallarts.org or call 207-338-2222.
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