Hoping to give children “a start in the arts,” the Arts Council of Brownwood is hosting a two-week “Arts in Coggin Park” for children in first through fourth grades.

And it all starts Monday, at Coggin Park.

The two-week program is free, but, said Jo Ann Manigold, arts council chair, parents or guardians are requested to register their child.

The hands-on art programs begin at 6 p.m. and will last until 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday this week and next. To register, parents need to come to the registration tent that will be set up off First Street at Coggin Park shortly before 6 p.m.

“Our goal is to expose more young children to the fine arts,” Manigold said. “There are fewer opportunities for young children to be exposed in school to the fine arts. We would like to create an opportunity for more children to experience the arts in hands-on situations.”

Eric Evans, who serves on the arts council and is chairing the Arts in Coggin Park committee, said the fine arts experience planned for these two weeks will include music, dance, theater and “visual arts” such as painting, sculpting and other types of material arts projects.

Monday’s activities will be centered around theater or performing arts, Evans said.

Evans said adult and youth volunteers, including art professionals and teachers, are helping with the various projects.

“We’re not sure what to expect because this is the first year, after several of not having an ‘arts in the park’ program,” Evans said. “But we feel like this is an opportunity and this is something there is a real need for. We hope we’ll be able to make it a summer tradition.”

Evans said children coming to participate are being asked to “dress cool.”

“If possible, parents might want to be sure their children are wearing mosquito repellent. The city will have sprayed, but with the rain we’ve had, mosquitoes may be a problem.”