ArtTalk: Orr Street Studios is hosting Second Saturday For Kids on March 9

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 | 4:43 p.m. CST; updated 8:33 p.m. CST, Tuesday, March 5, 2013

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Orr Street Studios is hosting Second Saturday For Kids on March 9. Katie Rapp, marketing intern, discusses the theme and project opportunities. 

Q: What's your connection to Columbia's art scene?

A: Marketing Intern at Orr Street Studios

Q: What artistic project or product are you excited about?

A: Second Saturday for Kids at Orr Street Studios

Q: Why are you excited, and why might other people be interested?

A: This event is a great chance for kids aged 5-15 to get involved in Columbia's vibrant art community. The theme of this Second Saturday for Kids is "the Yin-Yang of Repurposing" so kids will get to découpage, create butterfly magnets, and make food art. Catherine Parke, who is running the event, says that theme was chosen because there is a large emphasis placed on recycling these days and it's important to teach kids to repurpose "trash" to create fun art projects from materials that would otherwise be wasted. The decoupage project involves cutting pictures out of old magazines and using them to decorate a table that was built by Scott Wilson, one of the artists at Orr Street Studios. The food art project involves being flexible with your definition of "art." Kids will learn how to repurpose foods that may be seen as bad and inedible. For example, kids will be taught that old, brown bananas can be used to make banana bread and leftover cooked vegetables can be turned into a delicious soup. Orr Street Studios does not have a kitchen to create these foods, but the kids will be given the recipes to take home. Michelle Marcum will run the last art project, making butterfly magnets. She will help kids create magnets out of clothespins, coffee filters, markers, paper towels, and pipe cleaners.

I think it is great that Orr Street Studios hosts these types of events because after speaking to many of the artists that work here, almost all attribute their love of art to artistic endeavors done as a young child. Also, it helps kids learn that art doesn't necessarily have to involve a lot of technique or be very complex, it's all about creating something beautiful, expressing yourself, and having fun.

  • Time/Date: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, March 9
  • Place: Orr Street Studios (106 Orr Street, Columbia)
  • Cost: The event is free.
  • Contact: Catherine Parke,,


Q: Who are the people behind the project?

A: Orr Street Studios

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