Bring Out Your Creative Side

February 12, 2019 2:53 PM | Deleted user

What do you love? Do more of it in 2019 when you join a club!

Joining a club or society is on many people's bucket list every new year. Why? It is a great way to start something new that you will look forward to all year long, give you a fresh perspective and let you dig into your creative side! Here are four benefits of becoming part of a club or organization:

QU POLIS Classes

Quincy University’s Pursuit of Learning in Society (POLIS) offers senior citizens an opportunity for lifelong learning in a casual environment on a varity of topics.

The cost of a POLIS membership is $15 per semester, and each two-hour class is $4 to attend. Anyone is welcome to bring friends and attend one class free of charge. To register, please email your name and address to or call 217-228-5594. See the full class schedule at

Visual Arts Classes at QAC

This spring, The Art Center has classes for everyone! Broken into groups including Pre-K, early elementary, late elementary, high school and adult, everyone can find an activity that interests them!

A highlight of the spring schedule will be one day workshops on creative process by visiting artists Ann Coddington on Saturday, March 2 and Kelsey Viola Wiskirchen on Saturday, March 16. The Art Center will feature exhibitions by both artists later this year.

For more information about classes or to register, visit or call 217-223-5900.

Youth Scholarships: Full youth scholarships are available to The Art Center. Contact Kayla Obert,, with questions on how to apply.

Team Building With QCT

Quincy Community Theatre is now offering workshops to local businesses and community groups that are seeking opportunities for professional development.

QCT’s team-building workshop uses theatre activities to promote communication, collaboration and creative problem solving skills among co-workers. The public speaking workshop will cover techniques for breathing, enunciation, and other skills needed when giving a speech.

“Theatre allows for some great storytelling, but it also provides insight into valuable life skills,” says Kelsey Celek, Head of Education. “No matter what career path you’re in, there’s still use in practicing communication skills. We’re looking forward to using these theatre workshops to make these skills feel more accessible for local businesses.”

Both workshops are 90 minutes long. Fees are $200 per workshop. For more information or to schedule a workshop, email

Fine Arts & Education at the Kroc Center

Did you know The Salvation Army Kroc Center offers the public more than just a place to work out, swim and have meetings and parties? There are Fine Arts and Education classes available all year long!

"At The Kroc Center, the public has the opportunity to take a variety of classes in the fine arts and other community education classes," says Keith Wiemelt, Education and Fine Arts Specialist.

This winter/spring session will offer creative sessions on topics including book folding, pebble art, painting and photography. According to Kroc Center member Debbie Holtz, “I take fine arts classes at The Kroc Center because I believe it’s very important to be both physically healthy and mentally healthy.” Holtz says that her favorite class she has taken so far was oil painting. “The instructor made the class fun and exciting,” she said. “Through praise and constructive criticism I really learned a lot and improved my artistic skills.”

Another Kroc Center member and instructor Kate Shuker says, “I absolutely love the book folding class, it’s so therapeutic! My mother, daughter and I have gone through the course two times because it is so much fun. It gives us an outlet to get creative and a chance to bond together as a family.”

Kroc classes don’t stop with the visual arts. Wiemelt teaches music lessons to groups and individuals. "You can learn to play the piano, guitar, ukulele, percussion, brass and woodwind instruments," he said.

Shuker’s daughter participates in both the ukulele and piano classes. “By taking lessons, my daughter can try something new and discover what she likes or doesn’t like. Then she can use her energy to pursue the activities that pique her interest.”

According to Shuker, “It’s great The Kroc Center offers more than just fitness classes because the fine arts, music and certification courses provide a variety of other options for its users and makes the facility feel more like a community.”

This spring, youth ages 12 and over are welcome to join a new Beginner Dance class. “This class is a great option for anyone who is interested in auditioning for some of the upcoming shows at Quincy Community Theatre,” says Wiemelt. “Some of the upcoming musicals will require actors with talent in song and dance. This class will be a great opportunity for anyone who plans on auditioning for shows like Bye, Bye Birdie or for someone who just wants to try something new!”

For a full list of classes and activities, call 217-222-5762 or visit

AAUW Speaker Series

Start 2019 off by becoming involved in an organization that has been empowering women as individuals since 1881, the Quincy branch of AAUW! Formally known as the American Association of University Women, the group has worked together as a national grassroots organization to improve the lives of millions of women and their families for more than 130 years. 

The Speaker’s Series is free and open to the public. The spring 2019 programs include: March 9: Members of the Canton AAUW presenting “Women’s Suffrage: Song and Story.” April 13: Nikki Clompien, Art Teacher, presenting “Importance of Creative Arts for Women,” and "Use of Art Therapy.” May 11: Mary Lou Mclaughlin, retired Midwife/Doula Practitioner, Marriage and Family Life Consultant presenting “My Experience with Asia.”

For more information, contact Liz Schlembach at 217-222-5295 or visit the national website at

Photography for Beginners at JWCC

John Wood Community College’s Community Based Outreach will offer photography for beginners in March at the JWCC’s Quincy campus.

"Tips to Capture Precious Moments," will be held Tuesday and Thursday, March 19 and 21, "Editing Your Digital Photos" will be held on Monday, March 25 and "Converting Your Memories" on Wednesday, March 27. The instructor is John Gebhardt.

For more information on these and other Community Based Outreach classes, call 217-641-4941 or visit

Spring Classes at QCT

Quincy Community Theatre invites students and adults to spend a few weeks exploring a theatre class this spring!

The new spring theatre courses feature classes available for ages 3-5, grades K-12 and adults.

Kelsey Celek, Head of Education shares, “Our classes at QCT are a great way for newcomers to learn more about the theatre or for veteran performers to take on a new skill. I’m excited about what new discoveries our students might make in our spring classes!”

All courses are designed to give people of all experience levels a safe space to refine their acting training and technique, enhance their and public speaking skills, gain confidence, meet other creative individuals and try something new.

View the entire class offerings online at The registration deadline for all classes is Friday, Feb. 15.

Call for Entries!

The Quincy Art Center is calling all artists to enter the Biennial Quad-State Exhibit! This exciting exhibition is a collection of the best artwork currently produced by artists living in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa and Missouri. There is $4,650 available for cash awards.

This is a juried competition for any artist 18 years of age or older living in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa or Missouri and working in any medium. Not all artworks entered will go on to be displayed at the Art Center. The prospectus and entry details can be picked up at The Art Center or online at

The opening reception will be held on Saturday, May 18 from 7-9 pm with the awards presentation at 7:30 pm. The exhibit will be on view through Saturday, June 29 during regular gallery hours which are Monday-Friday, 9 am-4 pm. For more information, call 217-223-5900 or visit

Made in America: Veterans Arts Program

Area military veterans are invited to participate in Arts Quincy's Made in America: Veterans Art Program this spring!

In 2019 the program is changing to offer more veterans the opportunity to participate in the program by offering more options for classes, concerts or other performances.

"Arts Quincy has partnered with Quincy Art Center, Quincy Symphony Orchestra and Quincy Community Theatre to offer community veterans a wider variety of classes or performances to choose from," said Laura Sievert, Executive Director of Arts Quincy. "This will allow them to choose something that interests them and easily fits into their schedule."

If you are a veteran or know one who should participate, contact the Arts Quincy office at 217-222-3432 for additional details.

This program is sponsored by the Exchange Club of Quincy's Flags of Honor Program, a grant from Al Beck through the Community Foundation Serving West Central Illinois and Northeastern Missouri and members of Arts Quincy.

GR-GS Meetings

The Great River Genealogical Society will resume meetings on Thursday, Feb. 14. Join the group as they hear from Joe Newkirk and go through a photographic tour of Quebec and Montreal, Canada. The next meeting is Thursday, March 14. David Lewis will give members and guests a glimpse of Quincy’s history through the Quincy Postcard Collection. Meetings take place at 7 pm and are held at the Lutheran Church of St. John, 3340 State St. Refreshments will be served following the meeting. For more information, visit

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