Santa Maria, Calif. – Jan. 15, 2019 – Local children and their families are invited to paint, draw, sing, and dance with professional artists Sunday, Jan. 27, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Discovery Museum’s 9th annual Nat Fast Children’s Arts Day, a free community event celebrating the arts and the legacy of local artist Nat Fast.
“Nat Fast was an extraordinary artist and teacher and a special friend to the Discovery Museum,” Program Director Amy Blasco said. “He was a champion of arts education for young people, and his legacy lives on at our annual Nat Fast Day by giving children and their families free access to art instruction and enjoyment.”
Fast passed away at the age of 89 in October of 2013 after a decades-long career as an artist and teacher on the Central Coast. His generosity and creativity have made a lasting impact on the Santa Maria Valley community and beyond.
“Nat knew that the greatest gift we can give our youth is hands-on experience in the arts. These essential experiences teach children to be creative thinkers and help them become more well-rounded and successful individuals,” Blasco said.
This year’s Nat Fast Day will include performances by a string trio from the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society, folklórico dancers from Righetti High School, and teachers from Mini Melodies, a local Music Together® early education program. Laura-Susan Thomas, former Disney Imagineer and Allan Hancock College professor, will lead an eclectic painting project with liquid watercolors, and professional illustrator Irene Flores will teach children how to draw comics and magazines.
In the Central Coast Makerspace, Discovery Museum staff will be showing children how to make foam sculptures out of shampoo and other household materials. More projects throughout the day include marble painting, glitter tattoos, and making chalk art with local artists.
Now celebrating its 23rd year as the only children’s museum in Northern Santa Barbara County, the Discovery Museum is fun for all ages, with 13,000-square-feet of “please touch” exhibits, weekly programs, and special events that explore ourselves, our valley, our world, and beyond.
The museum is located at 705 S. McClelland St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, from noon to 4 p.m. The Central Coast Makerspace is open Friday, 2 to 5 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 p.m.
For more information, visit smvdiscoverymuseum.org or call (805) 928-8414.