Messenger Library, Water Street Studios partner to offer free STEAM art classes to North Aurora students

Starting in September, Messenger Public Library will host "Ripple Effect," a free STEAM (STEM + Art) course that will be eligible to all North Aurora and Aurora students, ages 8 to 12.

This course has an $84 per student value and has been generously funded in full by the Dunham Fund in Aurora.

"Ripple Effect" has been running in Batavia for the past 2½ years and is finishing up its first grant cycle which was geared for Batavia residents.

Classes are currently held at their studio in downtown Batavia.

A new grant has been provided by the Dunham Fund to extend the program another 3 years and expand it into North Aurora and Aurora.

Water Street Studios has chosen to partner with Messenger Library as its North Aurora location.

The curriculum for the 2019-20 school year will focus on a creative exploration of the Fibonacci sequence and spiral as it is seen in nature and math.

Artistic expressions of the spiral will be created and brought together into collaborative artwork that will be exhibited at Water Street Studios.

The course will consist of three weekly, one-hour sessions, and several options for days/times will be available.

Students may only attend the three-session course once a year.

Note: The February, March, and April 2019 sessions of Ripple Effect, which meets at Water Street Studios, has recently opened up to North Aurora students. The current curriculum explores fractals and dendrites. Families can enroll their children in the current program at

Registration will open in May for the 2019-2020 school year.

Water Street Studios is a nonprofit art center located in Batavia. Its mission is to help make the arts more accessible to the Fox Valley region and beyond. Its vision is to be a cultural hub in the Midwest. They provide an ever-growing community with art classes, artist studios, community events, gallery exhibitions, free after-school art programs, outreach, private events in a historic venue, and more.

Learn more at Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Thursday to Sunday. Call (630) 761-9977 to schedule a visit during the week.

Experience the benefits of the arts by becoming a member of Water Street Studios, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

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