The Arts

NATIONAL FINE ARTS EXHIBIT PROGRAM

This year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6-18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits. A panel of distinguished judges selects work for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which is displayed throughout the year at BGCA events, including the annual National Conference. Each winning artist’s work is featured in a virtual gallery on BGCA’s Web sites.

IMAGEMAKERS NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY PROGRAM

This year-round program encourages Club members ages 6-18 to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography. ImageMakers has three components: a photography programming resource guide full of fun, creative activity ideas for three skill levels; small grants for Clubs to start or strengthen photography programs; and an annual photography contest that provides local, regional and national recognition. Club members’ photographs selected at the contest’s national level are exhibited at the BGCA National Conference and at other events and venues. Winners in the portfolio gallery on the ImageMakers Web site also features resources, tools and fun interactive activities, such as a Virtual Camera and online photo contests, to further enhance Club member’s experience with photography. Circuit City Foundation sponsors ImageMakers.

DIGITAL ARTS SUITE AND FESTIVALS

Club Tech’s suite of self-directed digital arts courseware consists of Web Tech (Web page design), Design Tech (graphic design), Photo Tech (photo illustration) and Music Tech. Movie Tech contains detailed instructor material for teaching members to write screenplays and facilitating the hands-on process of filming and editing digital movies.

Once Club members have participated in these programs, they can submit their digital artwork to the annual Digital Arts Festivals competitions. The festivals celebrate Club members’ creativity in five areas-Web design, graphic design, photo illustration, music composition and movie making-and provide Club members with recognition at the local, regional and national levels. Winning digital artwork is featured on the Digital Arts Festivals Web site, www.bgca.org/digitalart/. Microsoft Corporation sponsors the Digital Arts Suite and Digital Arts Festivals as part of the Club Tech initiative.