The Union Recorder

August 19, 2013

Campus Club promotes art, health during free community festival

Vaishali Patel
The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — The middle Georgia community is invited to participate in a fun-filled day of activities during Campus Club Milledgeville’s (CCM) first annual ArtHealthy Festival as a way to promote art and healthy living, as well as highlighting the lack of physical activity in the central Georgia area.

The event is a regional response to First Lady Michelle Obama’s initiative called “Let’s Move!,” which addresses America’s obesity epidemic. Through festival partners, vendors and sponsors, the event is free for the community to participate.

“The ArtHealthy Festival compliments all other health initiatives around middle Georgia, but from our perspective, which is art. We at Campus Club Milledgeville focus on art and movement and because education is also a big component of Campus Club Milledgeville, the importance of learning more about health in the community is a part of the festival’s focus as well,” said Gregory Barnes, CCM executive director. “This is something we needed to do for the community.”

Numerous art and health exhibits and vendors will be on site providing various dance classes, facepainting, games, art projects, live performances and entertainment, food demonstrations, health screenings, physical activities, workshops, outdoor educational opportunities and food giveaways.

“We will have a chef whose forte is in raw foods, so he will talk about nuts and the importance of minerals. We will also have nutritional information from different perspectives,” Barnes said. “We’re having a Double Dutch group from Atlanta coming to teach kids how to Double Dutch. Kid Zone will encourage fun ways for youth to enjoy the outdoors.”

Sponsored by Live Healthy Baldwin, Robins Federal Credit Union and Bodyplex, the ArtHealthy Festival is slated from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 on the front campus of Georgia College. In case of inclement weather, the festival will move indoors to the Georgia College Centennial Center.

Businesses, organizations and other art and health-related groups or activities are encouraged to take advantage of free vendor opportunities. With limited space available, the deadline to register for a booth is Friday, Aug. 30.

“We have close to 100 vendors who have joined this initiative from Atlanta, Macon, Milledgeville and Wilkinson and Washington counties. We still have a few slots available for those interested,” Barnes said Monday. “We have [had] a great response and a lot of businesses and community people are excited about this event.”

During the July Baldwin County Commission meeting, commissioners announced their support to CCM programs and initiatives with a proclamation declaring Sept. 7 as ArtHealthy Day.

“We’re really excited our commissioners believe the work Campus Club Milledgeville, our volunteers and sponsors are doing for the community,” Barnes said. “We appreciate them deciding to make Sept. 7 ArtHealthy Day.”

CCM is a non-profit organization assigned with the task of providing innovative responses to quality-of-life barriers in middle Georgia. With its core emphasis on arts-based education, CCM creates strategies to provide unique service opportunities in the region, free to those who need it most.

“Our goal is to take root in the community and have other art healthy initiatives in the very near future to keep the need of art and healthiness in the conversation going in middle Georgia,” Barnes said. “We believe the community has realized the importance of this.”

For more information about the event, or to become a vendor or sponsor, contact Barnes at 478-387-0200 or visit www.arthealthy.org.

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