Sarah McCraw is singing a good-bye song with her students at the end of her class.

Louann Lovelace with her class singing “Five Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed.”

Louann Lovelace oversees a game played during her ARTS Alive class.

Kayla Ellis instructing the students how to make hats they will wear in their onstage performance.

The Surry Arts Council kicked off its summer youth programs this week, with the 36th Annual Arts Alive for children ages 3 to 5.

The theme “Jungle Adventure” is based off the work of Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book.

The Arts Alive Parade, Festival and Jungle Adventure Show will be Thursday, June 25 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Arts Alive participants and families will enjoy crafts, face painting, jungle food and more, during the parade.

The program for the next age group, children ages 6 to 11, will start Monday, June 22 through Thursday, June 25 at the Andy Griffith Playhouse.

Participants will rotate throughout the day with visual arts and crafts, drama and music followed by lunch.

The Thursday parade will start down Main Street at 5:15 p.m.. The performance on stage by the children attending the camp will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the playhouse.

Kayla Ellis has taught the visual arts component at Arts Alive for several years.

“Its fun and rewarding to work with the children around a theme,” she said.

Ellis expressed her love for the Disney version of the theme this year, as her favorite Disney movie. She worked with the children to make paper hats that look like bears, tigers and monkeys to wear on stage for the Thursday performance.

Sarah McCraw, a first-year instructor, said when she was asked to help with the program, she loved the idea. She thought “Instilling the love of arts in children at an early age was important and hopefully, the children would grow up with a love for all things art.”

The cost of Arts Alive is $35 for members of the arts council and $45 for non-members. Teachers this year also include also included Peter Holland and Luann Lovelace.

Scholarships for the program are available from the Kester Sink Scholarship Endowment.

Eva Queen can be reached at (336) 415-4739 or equeen@civitasmedia.com

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