Tuesday, July 9, 2013
This past May Magic Sparks Preschool, a program that has resided in the Creative Spark building off of Longpoint Road ended their operation. This was only one of the programs offered by Creative Spark, yet some in the community mistook this to mean that Creative Spark had closed.
Summer enrollment and community support was affected by the misinformation, which has been detrimental to the non-profit.
Creative Spark Center for the Arts is a private not-for-profit multi-disciplinary art center.
Its mission is to provide high quality arts education to all who seek it regardless of talent, ability to pay, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation. They have more than 400 students each week ranging from newborns through adults. Creative Spark offers many classes in art, drama, clay and private lessons in voice, violin, guitar and piano.
“For Creative Spark, the preschool program leaving is bittersweet blessing,” according to Brandi Hunter Elkins, executive director.
“We are excited to have the extra space and time to expand all of our other offerings,” she said.
For the fall Creative Spark will be expanding its theatre department and classes; adding more art classes geared toward older kids, teens and adults in a new art room; adding edible garden programs; adding additional fitness and self defense classes for children and adults; adding morning and daytime classes for area field trips, homeschoolers and special needs children.
“With so many “instant art” competitors all over the place, Creative Spark was already getting lost over the past few years. Yet our high quality, professional instructors and commitment to better our community hasn’t slipped a bit,” she said.
“We continue to excel with arts education not only with individuals and families, but also within local area schools where we provide programs to thousands of Lowcountry students each year. We continue to provide scholarships to those who are unable to afford programming and we provide job opportunities to local & regional artists.”
After 20-plus years of community service to more than 40,000 people each year Creative Spark is still going strong.
Call 843-881-3780 or visit www.creativespark.org for a full listing of programs.
Creative Spark is located at 757 Long Point Road.