April 28-30 are the dates for Cultural Crossroads' Spring Arts Festival "ChickenStock." On Thursday and Friday of festival week, national artists will be joined by area professionals to provide hands on art activities to over 500 area third graders. This free all-day event tagged as "Kids Day on the Farm" is the organization's best kept secret. Only open to area children, the festivities for Thursday and Friday are reserved for them. They will be joined by national 'trashformer' Alice Guffey Miller. Mrs. Miller will work with the children in the creation of the largest funky chicken sculpture in recent history. Created out of found objects and 'trash,' this monumental public art piece will be erected for the Saturday festivities in honor of the Farm's new mascot.
Area school children are being asked to help collect the recycled items needed for the sculpture. Over 500 two litre soda bottles will be needed to complete the project. "We're asking that the bottles be washed inside and out with labels removed and caps placed back on," comments Molly Bailey, chairperson. The cleaned bottles can be dropped off at The Farm on the community work day scheduled for Saturday, April 10th from 9am-until 2pm or dropped off during the week at The Children's Center between the hours of 4pm and 6pm.
Cultural Crossroads is the designated arts agency for Webster Parish. They are supported this year by a capital grant from the Webster Parish Convention and Visitors Bureau as well as an arts grant from the La. Div. of the Arts, the La. Dept of Culture, Recreation and Tourism and the Shreveport Regional arts council. For more information about Cultural Crossroads or the festival check out their website at www.artsinminden.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.