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Expressive Arts & Communication

Express yourself! Improve your communications, whether through art or public speaking. Learn skills and tools in a mediums and format that fits your style. You will become a poised communicator, learn principles of good communication through creative expression, and research and interpret a subject you choose.

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Expressive Arts & Communication


Learn about equipment, lighting and flash techniques, photo composition, and evaluating photographs.

Clothing & Textiles

Learn skills and tools for sewing, fashion design and illustration, and business and marketing.


Learn the basic quilting skills, techniques and tools, and study the collecting, conservation, and exhibition of quilts.

Performing Arts

Learn the skills and techniques to develop and present stories through acting, mime, puppetry, theater arts and music.

Communication & Demonstration

Learn skills and tools to express yourself and communicate better, whether you're talking to a friend, writing, or making a presentation to a group.


4-H Cloverbuds explore and learn about the world in a non-competitive environment by doing fun activities with the guidance of parents or other adult helpers.


Learn about video production and filmmaking, including composition, camera and lighting techniques, and editing.

Needle Arts

Learn the basics of knitting, crocheting, embroidery and counted cross stitch. Learn various patterns or create your own designs.

Crafts & Fine Arts

Learn skills, techniques and tools in drawing, painting, sculpting, printing, fiber arts, or graphic design.


If you find that no single project is quite right for you, you can develop your own project. Be your own researcher, scientist, artist, communicator, and evaluator. Ask your local 4-H leader or Extension staff for resources to help create your own project area.

State & regional events

To view county or local club events, visit your county website.

View all 4-H statewide events

Minnesota 4-H State Arts-In

Minnesota 4-H Arts-In is an eight-day intensive arts experience, as they prepare a musical to perform during the Minnesota State Fair. Youth gain experiences in performing arts, including singing, dancing, acting, instrumental accompaniment, costume design, set construction and technical work. Each year, 4-H State Arts-In youth perform at least 40 shows to 12,000 audience members in the 4-H building on the fairgrounds.

Participants continue to work on goals while putting on several daily performances, and play leadership roles for 4-H members and act as representatives for 4-H Building visitors.

4-H Share the Fun State Fair Showcase

Youth from counties prepare and perform a play, dance, musical, or other act. Each county nominates one group to perform at the State Fair.

Minnesota State Fair

4-H plays a pivotal role in youth development and public education at the Minnesota State Fair. Over 7,000 4-H youth have the opportunity to interact with the public and educate fairgoers through 4-H exhibits, demonstrations, performances, and 4-H promotion.

4-H Online Adventures

Like all 4-H activities, online adventures are driven by young people’s passion for learning. They may be one week, one month or longer in duration. Typically, youth respond to one video challenge per week with a video recording of their response.

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