WICHITA FALLS, Texas (TNN) - With a 1920s gangsters and dolls theme this year, the Kemp Karnevale raised money for the children’s arts programs for the Wichita Falls Alliance for Arts and Culture on Saturday.
The funds are raised through ticket sales and sponsorships, and they go to support children’s camps, classes, field trips, Region 9 Distance Learning and more.
“Arts education touches them in a way just reading and writing doesn’t,” Karnevale co-chair Sarah Wood said. “It helps them see the whole world and the whole community they live in as a compassionate and empathetic place that some people don’t realize that children don’t always see or feel.”
Activities included a silent auction, a “bootlegger’s bakery” with homemade goodies and treats, speak-easy refreshments and game tables.
“Art creates that in them, and they know that their heart is touched, and they’re more impassioned to go and seek out what they want to do if they have somebody supporting them,” Wood said.
After all of the fun with the silent auction, attendees were treated to a gangsters-and-dolls-themed production.
Wood said funding the children’s arts programs gives kids creative outlets to have a chance to grow.
“Some kids don’t get a chance to know who they are and just think sports is the only thing,” Wood said. "Arts education makes them a whole rounded person whether they’re listening, doing or playing it.”