Ninth District County Commissioner Carmin Lynch attended the 2008 ribbon cutting ceremony.

Cumberland County students, from grade school through high school, will soon experience craft and art skills demonstrated and shared with many interested adults, family, and friends. Additionally, the students’ produced art, entered in the Youth Expo, will be proudly exhibited on the walls of the large room reserved at the Cumberland County Community Complex. “The entire perimeter of the exhibit hall will feature students’ visual art professionally matted and mounted,” says CACE President Sharron Eckert and Youth Expo coordinator. “This will include all public schools—nine elementary and two high schools—plus homeschoolers.” Cumberland Artisans for Creative Expression (CACE) created and sponsors the Youth Expo. Since its inception three years ago, the Youth Expo has been enthusiastically welcomed and supported by students, who find it exciting that they can publicly exhibit their art works.

And while enjoying the unique arts and crafts exposition, attendees will be entertained by a variety of musical groups: 10 a.m.—Children of Crossville Preparatory Orchestra; 11 a.m.—Pleasant Hill Elementary School Band; a performance by Leigh Smith, CACE student member; and noon to 10 p.m.—piano students of Ann Looney.

A key feature of the Youth Expo is the students’ opportunity to experience for themselves how a craft is performed or created. Adult instructors will guide them in “hands-on” projects and art forms they may not have tried before, such as weaving, spinning, chair caning, bobbin lace making, paper folding, quilting, and dulcimer playing. Creative painting and writing projects will also be available.

The 2009 Youth Expo runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 11. It will open with simultaneous ribbon cutting at each of the school booths. Principals, county commissioners, and Board of Education members have been invited to participate in the ceremonies.

The Youth Expo celebrates the cultural arts and many skills of our youth in Cumberland County. Now that you know what’s in store at the Youth Expo, mark your calendar and set aside this date to enjoy the highly successful and awaited event. Your attendance supports our future artists/artisans! There is ample free parking at the Community Complex, located on Livingston Road near its intersection with West Avenue (Hwy. 70 North) in Crossville.

Remember there is no admission charge and no fees for any materials. Since the Youth Expo is not a selling venue, there are no artworks or crafts for sale; there will also be no food vendors.

CACE is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) volunteer organization. For more information, contact President Sharron Eckert (277-5425), or visit the Web site www.cumberlandart.com.