The Mountaineer

May 10, 2024

Ignite and nurture children’s creativity with new monthly Kids Art Club for ages 8 and up hosted by the Haywood County Arts Council. The first class will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Folkmoot Center in Waynesville.

“Art is not just about creating something beautiful. It’s also a fantastic outlet for problem-solving and self-expression,” said Tonya Harwood, arts council executive director. “The Haywood County Arts Council believes in fostering these essential skills in children, and the Kids Art Club is the perfect opportunity to do so.”

The classes will provide all materials for the activities, ensuring that every child has the opportunity to let their imagination run wild. Each 90-minute session will focus on building basic art skills and confidence through hands-on experiences.

With experience in leading both adults and children in artistic endeavors, Kids Art Club instructor Rumi Kakareka brings a unique blend of creativity and skill to every session.

“I have a passion for sculpture, working with paper, and performing,” Kakareka said.

Alongside his expertise in sculpture and paper crafts, Kakareka’s proficiency in puppetry adds an extra layer of excitement and engagement to his classes, fostering a dynamic environment where imagination thrives and art comes to life.

Each session of the Kids Art Club will be centered on a different project, allowing kids to explore various mediums and topics. The May 16 class will center on Cut and Draw.

Each class meeting is $20. Register at