The first public performance of the Richmond Area Arts Councils expanded Fun with the Arts Program will take place 6 p.m. Thursday at RAAC’s performance hall, 399 W. Water St.

Elementary school students who have taken after-school lessons in clogging, drama, strings, visual art and Chinese culture will be displaying what they have learned and produced, said Mark Osborn, RAAC events and programs coordinator.

RAAC formed a partnership with the Madison County School District this year to expand the after-school program it has conducted for the past 20 years.

Previously, Fun with the Arts classes were offered in RAAC’s building, but this year, they have been offered in three elementary school buildings. County school buses, at no charge to participants, take students to Mayfield and Glenn Marshall elementaries in Richmond and Shannon Johnson Elementary in Berea for the programs.

Next semester, Osborn said, classes will be offered at Johnson and Marshall as well as White Hall and Kirksville.

Classes to be offered for the spring semester include visual arts, clogging and strings, as well as pottery and earth matters. In earth matters, Osborn said students will take objects from nature and fashion artworks using techniques of some famous artists.

Tuition is charged for the classes, but a limited number of scholarships are available, he said.

Registration is done via the RAAC Web site,

Bill Robinson can be reached at or at 624-6622.

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