Salina Art Center hires Morawitz to lead educational programming

Darren Morawitz teaches a class at the Salina Art Center. Photo courtesy of the Salina Art Center “/>
Darren Morawitz teaches a class at the Salina Art Center. Photo courtesy of the Salina Art Center


The Salina Art Center hired Darren Morawitz as director of education.

Morawitz received his Bachelor of Fine Arts, majoring in studio painting and art education from Fort Hays State University and holds a PreK-12 teaching certificate. He also obtained an Associate of Arts in Graphic Design from Hutchinson Community College.

“My mom said all I needed was a pad of paper and a pencil to keep me entertained for hours growing up. Needless to say, I chose an artistic career, ”said Morawitz. “I was an art teacher at Hutchinson High School for six years. In addition, I have taught several courses for the Hutchinson Art Center and the Salina Art Center. I moved to Salina almost two years ago to be with my wonderful wife. I can’t wait to be part of the Salina Art Center team.

Education is the cornerstone of what makes the Salina Art Center a valuable resource in the community. Welcoming hundreds of students each year, the art center believes that artistic creation is essential for human development and a necessary investment in our collective future.

“Art is essential for developing creative problem-solving skills, motor skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking and inventiveness. Art improves motivation, focus, memory, confidence, and teamwork. Art is emotional transformation, therapeutic liberation, and an entertaining activity to share feelings, desires, joys and fears with others. Most importantly, art connects. It permeates life and brings people together by bridging the gaps between language, age, race, culture and life experience, ”said Misty Serene, Executive Director of the Salina Art Center. “Teachers like Darren and the talented teacher artists we work with light a fire that builds learners and thinkers who go into our schools and our community and do amazing things. ”

“As Director of Education, I hope to continue to expand opportunities for creative growth in the community and help bring new ideas about the importance of the arts to our common culture,” said Morawitz.

The Salina Art Center Spring Education Program is available online and registration is open for all Afterschool Studio, Senior Studio, and Ceramics courses.

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