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SE Minnesota students focus on art at annual conference

Over 1,000 participate in the 31st annual Young Authors, Young Artists conference.

Posted: May 15, 2018 8:59 AM
Updated: May 16, 2018 7:40 AM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - It's common to see events emphasizing STEM, getting students excited about all things science, technology, engineering, and math related. 

But for the next three days 3rd to 5th grade students in the Rochester area will focus on art at the Young Authors Young Artists conference. 

At the conference, put on by Southeast Service Cooperative, students have the opportunity to participate in different sessions focusing on arts like storywriting, sculpting, and even oragami. 

"They're working on things they wouldn't in grades 3 through 5. So maybe you wouldn't be doing origami in 3rd grade and now you get to do it today and do something different. ," Katie Hartman, with Southeast Service Cooperative, said. 

As a mother herself, Katie said she's glad to know opportunities like this exist for her son. 

"I know that he will definitely be going to this conference when he's in 3rd grade or if I can sneak him in before," she said. "Only because it's a lot of fun for them to try out some different areas of interest. So whether you may or may not have an interest in oragami, you might find out you do have an interest in it."

The event is being held at RCTC. While it's too late for students to sign up for this event, there is another conference happening for  middle schoolers in October.. Information for future conferences can be found here

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