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Arts Council event to support school art programs
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The Arts Council will hold an Arts In Schools Benefit Festival from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15 at The Smithgall Arts Center in Gainesville.

The aim of this festival is to raise funds for local schools’ Arts in Schools programs. Exposure to art education promotes self-directed learning, improves school attendance and sharpens critical and creative skills and problem solving.

Events will include interactive arts and crafts, live performances, carnival games and foods, and a scarecrow competition. Visitors can take in a musical petting zoo, instruments provided by Ed Entriken; bounce, twist and turn on an inflatable obstacle course; or dunk a police officer, school principal or coach.

Free child ID kits will be provided courtesy of Gainesville Masonic Lodge.

Admission and parking are free. For more information, call 770-534-2787 or visit