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Johns Creek Art Center hosts a drive-up family Diwali event

January 2021
Johns Creek Art Center hosts a drive-up family Diwali event

On November 7, Johns Creek Art Center hosted a drive-up family event to help residents celebrate Diwali. Deepa Lahoti, Johns Creek Art Center board member, said that the part of the Arts Center’s mission is to celebrate the diversity in Johns Creek and help teach others about the cultures around them. “Basically, we just want to celebrate our entire community,” she said. “We want everyone to be involved. We want to also help with the artwork and the teaching of what the significance is behind these events.”

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Community members joined Johns Creek Arts Center’s Drive-up Diwali celebration.

Families who attended the drive-up Diwali celebration were given activity bags for children that included a pamphlet with more information on the holiday, a sticker book, stick-on bindis, and a paintable clay lamp. Each family was given sweets donated by Suvidha’s Johns Creek outlet.

In addition to the drive-up event, the Johns Creek Art Center also highlighted Indian artwork with a virtual exhibit, “Celebrating Diwali and South Asian Artists.” The virtual exhibit can be viewed on the art center’s website at johnscreekarts.org. Original plans had called for the Diwali celebration at the Arts Center to include music and performers along with the exhibit, but because of Covid-19 concerns, the board opted for the drive-up event.

Lahoti said the Arts Center’s mission extends beyond holidays and cultural celebrations. “It’s not just to celebrate the holidays, but it’s to serve the underserved whether they’re children or the elderly,” Lahoti said. “We work to serve everyone and not leave anyone out.”

Althea Foster, programming director and curator for the organization, said that they hope to make these celebrations an annual occurrence and eventually hold them in the facility.

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