Darlington Arts Center in Garnet Valley invites the community to its annual Back to School Arts Party Saturday, Sept. 29, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The event marks the 40th year of Darlington Arts Center as a vital connection point and teaching institution for the arts. The center provides instruction in the four arts of music, art, dance and drama and is a cultural resource for performances and art exhibits.

Included during the evening will be displays of artwork from Darlington teaching artists and students augmented by music performances. Attendees will have opportunities to use their artistic skills and participate in collaborative art projects, along with creating their own unique work of art.

“Our Back to School Arts Party offers a relaxed environment to honor the arts while bringing the community together,” says Darlington Executive Director Eric Carter-Thompson. “We are celebrating our 40th anniversary in Concord Township, and this event provides an ideal forum to display the diverse and superlative talents of our students and teaching artists, in addition to highlighting the classes and workshops that are available daily at the center. Darlington welcomes area residents, neighbors, friends and their families to join us for this autumn tribute to the four arts. A good turnout is expected for what promises to be an entertaining evening of community camaraderie and participation in support for the arts."

An added feature to the Darlington arts party is tapping the talents of attendees to not only design their own original art but to collaborate in creating a mural unveiled at the end of the evening.

“Our arts party is both a toast to Darlington and a toast to the community for their continued support," Carter-Thompson said. “At Darlington, we believe in building community through the arts with a mission for providing every art for everyone.”

A teaching artist recital and art gallery exhibit featuring a variety of musical performances and works on display will highlight the evening. Musical performers scheduled are Duo Festivo, Kevin Cope and Geri Smith. Visual artists displaying work will include Rebecca D’Angeli, Erika Matyok, Diana Stevenson and Darlington students.

Guests are encouraged to explore Darlington’s facilities, meet the teaching artists, enjoy food and drink and be a part of the center’s collaborative community art project. Teachers and volunteers will help guide participants through creating individual pieces that will be assembled and unveiled as the event finale.

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