The Anderson Arts Center is hosting an Art Slam creative competition on Friday, March 4, 5-9 p.m.


Art Slam will feature a live competition among 12 artists. Each artists will be given a “mystery box” of supplies and must create a piece of art on the spot.


“Much like the television show ‘Chopped,’ which is a cooking competition, Art Slam will follow a similar concept. The artists won’t know what materials they have to work with until they open their box,” said April Cameron, executive director of the Arts Center. “They may also have an opportunity to grab some ‘wild card’ items to use, if they get lucky,” she said.


The artists will be given a two-hour time frame to complete their work (6-8 p.m.). It will be judged, and the winner will be awarded with the opportunity to have a solo exhibit in a community location.


In addition to the live art competition, performing artists will help entertain guests. Poetry readings, musicians, singers and other entertainers will perform during the event.


Shoppers will want to attend Art Slam as well, because an artisan vendor market will be open to the public from 5-9 p.m. And, children are welcome to attend and take part in the special youth art activities.


Plan on having dinner while at the event, because there will be a food truck and cash bar as well.


The Arts Center is now accepting applications for both visual artists and vendors. The applications can be found on the Arts Center’s Facebook page under Events.


The Anderson Arts Center is celebrating its 50th year of providing cultural experiences to the community. It has set both financial and awareness goals for this exciting year. Many special events to engage the community are planned, as well as the regularly scheduled exhibits.


The organization is also seeking to go into the next 50 years debt-free and is working to raise enough funds to pay off the renovation debt, which is just shy of $50,000. With an overall goal of $100,000, additional donations will help to establish a building fund for ongoing upkeep and continued improvements of the renovated warehouse. There is a special 50 Year Donation Drive page on the website ( with more information.



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