The Muscatine Art Center will celebrate National Live Creative Day on September 14 at 4 p.m. with a fun family event. They will be holding a rock painting and craft activity at 1314 Mulberry Ave.

According to, “To Live Creative allows for the exploration of imagination.  Celebrate National Live Creative Day by taking the time to invent, discover and dream. Infusing creativity in our lives through a variety a media from painting and graphic art to music and gardening all have an impact on our lives. By expressing our passions and living creative lives, we experience the world. We don’t have to be a master sculptor to Live Creative. Blending a dash of creative into moments of our everyday life can have a powerful effect. Simply being exposed to the arts inspires ideas at home and in the workplace.”

The Muscatine Art Center’s Program Coordinator, Teresa Stenstrup, said, “We are celebrating by letting guests get creative painting rocks in the courtyard and with a math-related craft in the Go Figure! exhibit from the Minnesota Children’s Museum, in collaboration with the American Library Association, and which is made possible, in part, through a major grant from the National Science Foundation.”

The Muscatine Art Center often puts on events for community members to get the public involved in art in fun ways. “The Muscatine Art Center always wants to offer the public opportunities to explore their own creativity, and what better way than to take part in a holiday that promotes creative expression?” said Stenstrup.

Stenstrup said they love the idea of Muscatine Rocks, where people in Muscatine have been painting rocks and placing them around town for others to enjoy, relocate, or keep. Muscatine Rocks is why they decided to have rock painting be an activity at this event. Stenstrup said, “We loved the idea of the Muscatine Rocks project and wanted to contribute to it. We thought National Live Creative Day would be a perfect fit since both are about spreading positivity through art. The holiday also highlights the fact that you can be creative in different ways, similar to the Go Figure! exhibit, which shows how two seemingly different things, math and storybooks, go together. Kids will be able to create artwork with a math twist, using squares and counting fractions.”