Helena-West Helena — Join Richard Spilman, DCC education coordinator, for a fun-filled morning crafting gourds into colorful works of art, musical instruments or flower vases. The workshop will be held Saturday, Dec. 15, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Phillips Community College of the University of Arkansas in Dance Room No. 2. The College is located at 1000 Campus Road in Helena. Open to the public, youth age 13 and above supervised by an adult are also welcome to participate.

While this is a free workshop, registration is required. Visit the DCC Facebook page at Facebook.com/DeltaCulturalCenter, or www.deltaculturalcenter.com to register online (events/calendar section). For more information contact the DCC at (870) 338-4350.

Gourds are a commonly found crop in the Delta. They have had many uses throughout the years, including for making decorations and crafts such as bird houses and musical instruments. Already formed, gourds are natural resonators waiting to be painted, strung, blown or struck. With a little bit of time and creativity, they can become a banjo body, a drum, a bell for a wind instrument, or even a hollow tube for a flute.

Other musical instruments that can be made from gourds: rattle, rain stick, xylophone, musical bow, lyre, guitar, spike fiddle, reed flute, clarinet and recorder-- just in time to make some holiday music of your own!

In this engaging hands-on workshop participants can make beautiful crafts to take home and to give as Christmas gifts. Gourds and crafting tools will be provided by the Delta Cultural Center.

The Delta Cultural Center shares the vision of all eight agencies within the Department of Arkansas Heritage—to preserve and promote Arkansas Heritage as a source of pride and satisfaction. The other divisions of the department are the Historic Arkansas Museum, the Mosaic Templars Cultural Center, the Old State House Museum, the Arkansas Historic Preservation Program, the Arkansas Arts Council, the Natural Heritage Commission and the Arkansas State Archives.