New Arts Academy To Open in Morton

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Today, Morton resident Sarah Knuppel announced she will be opening a new arts academy in Downtown Morton. “Inspired Arts Academy is a creative avenue to provide a quality fine arts education to children of all ages,” said Knuppel.  “It has been a dream of mine to open this center for many years.  I am very excited to have finally made the commitment for myself and for local families.”

Inspired Arts Academy is a collective approach to building your child’s self-esteem, knowledge, and enthusiasm for the arts.  The new center will offer classes in art, theater, dance, and music including Julie K’s Music Together program.   “We believe that each child that walks through our door has a gift-they just need to find it,” said Knuppel. “We are committed to enriching their life through helping them dabble in the arts, find their niche, and believe in themselves.”

The new Inspired Arts Academy will be located on Main Street in the building most recently inhabited by Cherrytree Kitchens. “I chose the downtown facility because of its visibility, pleasing storefront, and family-friendly atmosphere,” said Knuppel.

The Morton Economic Development Council joined Knuppel in making the announcement.  “Having activities and programs that regularly draw families downtown will be key to the success of our new downtown development plan,” said Jennifer Daly, CEO for the Morton EDC.  “Inspired Arts Academy will be offering several unique programs that will continue to support our downtown development efforts and our family friendly climate.”

Inspired Arts will open their Morton location this April with dance and art classes for preschoolers.  Their musical theater program and a fine arts camp will launch this summer and new homeschooler and after-school fine arts programs and private music lessons are planned for the fall.  “Fall is going to be fun,” said Knuppel. “We will be adding birthday parties, adult fitness classes, and weekend craft clubs too.”

Knuppel hopes to inspire many Morton children with her new business.  "Life is too short not to live the life of your dreams,” said Knuppel.  “For me, I have always dreamed of owning an arts studio and sharing that experience with my daughter Alyssa. This academy is dedicated to creative children-to mine and to yours."

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