Free Creativity Kits

Every summer the Matthews Opera House and Arts Center hosts several Saturday Kids’ Crafts Days. This is a fun way to engage with children in the community and provide free creative outlets and crafts spanning a variety of mediums and materials.

With COVID-19 limiting the number of people we can safely host in our gallery and workspace, this program will be changing just slightly this summer.

We are excited to announce that on select dates this summer, we will be offering FREE Creativity Kits! These kits will include a collection of materials as well as step-by-step instructions to create that craft. We will also be posting the craft tutorial video on our Facebook page on the Saturday of the craft release.

These kits will be free to all kids in the area and can be picked up in the gallery during business hours anytime after the craft kit is released. There will only be about 50 kits made for each craft, so they will be given out on a first-come-first-serve basis.

After your kiddo has finished their craft, we would love to see you post a photo of it online using the hashtag #MatthewsCreativityKits. We can’t wait to see what you create!

Craft Dates:

Saturday, June 13

Saturday, June 27

Saturday, July 11

Saturday, July 25

Community Mural Painting Session

This month, we’re inviting you to lend a hand in the creation of the George Martin Memorial Mural. A public painting session will be held on Saturday, February 26 in the Matthews theater. Sections of the mural will be on display and ready for your brushwork! Come be a part of this larger-than-life, paint-by-numbers mural project.

Be sure to wear clothes that can get a little dirty and join us in the theater from 11 am until 3 pm.

The mural commemorates the legacy of George Martin, a life-long citizen, councilman, and active Spearfish resident. Once completed, it will take its place on the side of the Sears building, facing Old City Hall Square in downtown Spearfish.

The concept and design of the work were developed by BHSU associate professor of art Desy Schoeneweis and a group of university students. It incorporates aspects of Martin’s life and personality with the feel of a game board, with colorful and playful images greeting the viewer at every turn. Roaming across the display are illustrations of the Western Hills Humane Society, the High Plains Western Heritage Center, and the D.C. Booth National Historic Fish Hatchery and Archives, all places that Martin held near and dear to his heart.

We invite you to put on your grubbies and join us for this exciting community project! This event is appropriate for ages three and up.



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