Hundreds Attend Art Event In Staunton

STAUNTON, Va. - Shirley Miller is a parent and says she thinks that budget cuts to art programs in schools may be limiting a child's creativity.

"Schools are cutting back, so it's great that we have this kind of resource in Staunton and Augusta County," says Miller.

Music, food, and art dominate the day at the 48th annual "Arts In The Park" event put on by the Staunton-Augusta Art Center on Saturday.
All kinds of art are displayed throughout the park.

Phillip Nolley is an artist and says that selling his art here makes him feel special.

"They're connecting with me on a personal level, because when you create something that's meaningful to yourself, you put a lot of your own personality and your personal energy into it," says Nolley.

The event even featured a special tent for kids to reinforce the importance of the arts.

Beth Hodge is one of the organizers and thinks art helps develop a child's creativity that could have everlasting effects.

"Employers are telling us that they need people who think outside of the box, who problem solve, who are creative, and we know through research that an art background in schools is very important to create excellent employees," says Hodge.

Many hope the art here can shed light on people who need it.

"I think all of us have a need to have a deeper life and more meaning in our lives, and I think one way we get that is through the arts," says Donald Albright, who attended the event.

The event runs through Sunday at Gypsy Hill Park. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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