Pennsic Youth A&S Display Slated

Mistress Safia al-Khansaa' has announced that there will be a Youth A&S Exhibition at Pennsic 35. It will give "children of all ages a chance to shine as artists and craftspeople in their own right."

Mistress Safia writes:

Pennsic 35 Youth Arts & Sciences Exhibition
Tuesday, August 15

Greetings unto all of our young aspiring Artisans of the Known World, and to their parents/caregivers, from Mistress Safia al-Khansaa', Coordinator of the Pennsic 35, First Annual Youth Arts and Sciences Exhibition!

This is a new and absolutely WONDERFUL opportunity for our youth to share their creative endeavors! It gives children of all ages a chance to shine as artists and craftspeople in their own right, and to learn and grow within the Arts and Sciences community of the Society. By having their very own exhibition, our youth will have a chance to stand out and be recognized by Peers, Royalty, and the entire Populace, in a supportive, nurturing, and educational environment.

This began as great idea by several parents, including Lord Valdis of the East Kingdom. Being the proud father of two youth artisans, he saw there was a great need for this exhibition. We are sure your children will be just as excited about this as his are!

Youth artisans of all Kingdoms and ages, up to 18, are invited to showcase their projects. There will also be an area for the youth to share their talents in the performance arts.

Times*
The Exhibition will take place on Tuesday, August 15th. The drop-off of entries will begin at 7:30 am, and the Exhibition will be open to the public from 9 am until 12 noon. Pick-up of entries will be from 12 noon to 1 pm. Anything not picked up at this time will be turned over to Lost and Found and can be retrieved there.

Registration*
All children displaying are requested to fill out one form per item to be displayed. There is a limit of 3 items per child. It is important that the child be encouraged to fill out as much of the form as possible on their own, in their own words. To accomplish this, there will be several different versions of the form, that have been written according to age/grade level. The form will provide basic information for each item displayed, including some space for documentation and comments.

Please check the pennsicwar.org website for further details regarding registration. Some aspects of registration are still being worked on, so check back frequently.

Supervision*
NO PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES OR EVENTS TAKING PLACE AT WAR ARE INTENDED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR THE PROPER ADULT SUPERVISION OF MINORS. THIS INCLUDES THE YOUTH ARTS AND SCIENCES EXHIBITION.

A PARENT OR COURT APPOINTED GUARDIAN MUST ACCOMPANY THEIR CHILD WHILE THEY ATTEND THE EXHIBITION. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

Display space*
Tables will be provided for the exhibition. Space limitations in the Youth tent will require youth artisans to share table space.

There will be a table space limit of 4 square feet, or 2'x2', for each artisan. There is a limit of 3 items per child, and these must fit within the designated space. If the child's work requires a larger space, a table may be brought for their work, however, space is VERY LIMITED, so please be prepared for the possibility that there may not be room.

Please bring your own stands, easels, dress forms, tablecloths and other methods to display your work to its best advantage. Again, since this Exhibition is taking place in the Youth tent rather than the Barn, space is much more limited. Please keep this in mind when helping your child plan her/his display.

Youth displaying garb have the option of wearing the outfit, in order to display the garments properly.

Children have the option of staying throughout the duration of the exhibition, or they may leave. Parents or legal caregivers MUST supervise their child at all times. The children are allowed to "take breaks," and leave for a while, get a drink, etc. This is strongly encouraged for younger children especially. Children and parents who would like to stay with their displays for the exhibition are encouraged to bring chairs. Please prepare for the possibility of inclement weather when helping your child to plan her/his display, in order to protect their work.

I look forward to meeting all of our wonderful, talented youth at the Exhibition, as well as meeting their parents and/or caregivers, and seeing the results of their outstanding artistic efforts!

In Service to our Youth, and to the Arts, I remain Yours,

Mistress Safia al-Khansaa'
e-mail: willofyre@hotmail.com