Authors' Museum Returns to Bell Shoals Baptist Academy on March 1

The Authors' Museum at Bell Shoals Baptist Academy in Brandon returns for a third year as a celebration for the written word and as a showcase for student talent. The community at large is invited to attend.


The Authors’ Museum at Bell Shoals Baptist Academy returns for a third year, an opportunity to showcase writing as a passion, with students presenting their work as performers, teachers and exhibitors to classmates, teachers, parents and the general public.

This year's event is scheduled for Friday, March 1, starting at 5 p.m., at the school in Brandon, at 2102 Bell Shoals Road.

Last year's theme, "A Light in the Darkness," had students studying children soldiers and refugees and events such as the Holocaust and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

“Not to be critical of FCAT and (other standardized tests), but until you motivate someone to write from the heart, until you touch someone, you cannot get them to write,” teacher and museum curator Tammy Perkins said in discussing the museum's inaugural year, in 2011.

“My gifts as a writer will come out when I’m brokenhearted, when I’m full of joy. Those are the times to get me to write,” Perkins said at the time. “And that’s what we need to create in the classroom, get people to write from the heart and not from the prompt.”

The museum features the work of students in kindergarten through grade 8, who have “published" their stories and pictures together into books that will be on display in the library. Performances by the school's drama club and choirs will be staged as well.

Food trucks Tasty Stacy and Just Smokin' BBQ will provide food. For more details, click here.



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