WHO WE ARE
Local Community Arts, aka LoCo Arts is an organization of educators and artists dedicated to enriching and strengthening the communities of Giles County and the NRV through arts-based creative education and cultural experience. We envision an inclusive and creative local community strengthened by the understanding of self, place, culture, and the individual ability to make the home, community, and world a better place.
WANT A BETTER WORLD?
Start in your own neighborhood.
The arts and creative activities foster crucial skills and behaviors in all of us: empathy, innovation, critical thinking, problem-solving, self-esteem and discovery, and expression; all of which contribute to making our world a better place.
At this time of giving and connection, we hope you’ll consider sharing the gift of creativity with children and artists of all ages in your community. LoCo Arts needs your support to continue the good works done by many in our area with the hope of making the world a better place for us all.
LoCo Arts provides creativity- and arts-based programming in Giles County and the NRV, including our after school program, summer camps, support for public art projects, and—thanks to your support and a grant—will soon provide valuable and transformative arts experiences for incarcerated (?) and at-risk youth in our area.
A little love goes a long way— as little as $10 can help keep us running and growing! Your gift helps us provide:
-art supplies and materials for all programs
-scholarships and low- or no-cost programming
-a safe play area for our students and community
WHO LOCO ARTS SERVES
LoCo Arts programs currently serves youth and adults in Giles & Montgomery Counties through its afterschool program, workshops, summer camps, and its nature-based preschool program, the Mayapple School. Our center of operations is the Newport Community Center in Giles.
WHY WE NEED YOUR HELP
Access to arts-based curricular and extra-curricular programming is currently limited in Giles, as in many other counties in Virginia, and economic factors can further restrict such access. LoCo Arts is committed to serving the Giles and NRV communities while offering low- or no-cost programming, including after-school and preschool scholarships, to ensure that more individuals have fair access to education and creative activities. We also provide healthy snacks and a safe and comfortable environment for learning and play. We currently occupy a wonderful space that allows for this but requires regular maintenance and updating.
LoCo Arts programming is made possible through low-cost fees for services, donations, partial volunteer and intern efforts, community and specialized project grants, and local fundraising ventures. All income is reinvested into programs that offer individuals and communities healthy creative outlets. Your help is both critical and deeply impactful, as those resources are invested directly into our communities.
View our current summer camp programs, community art projects, and more at LocoArts.org.
To learn more about our preschool program, visit Mayapple.org.