ArtsPlace: A positive presence downtown

The Rockford Area Arts Council’s artist apprentice program, ArtsPlace is in full swing downtown. It is the 11th year for this program, which has established the arts as a credible vehicle for jobs training. Located at 323 W. Jefferson, this vital program had more than 200 applicants this year but unfortunately, the Art’s Council only had funding to serve 60 youth. The artists’ apprentices work in teams under the tutelage of professional artists. The eight-week program produces many fantastic outcomes including respect, teamwork, communication, decision-making and art. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday until Aug. 4th.

Check out a performance, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the mall in front of NAT or a final performances held at New American Theater July 28-30 at 7 p.m., $5 in advance, $7 at the door. The artists and apprentices have to put together a fundraiser at Klehm Arboretum, Thursday, Aug. 4, 5:30 – 8 p.m. This is another great opportunity to see how the arts can positively impact the youth of our community. Stop by for tickets!

Last week at an end-of-the-week presentation by one of the teams, all apprentices were called on deck and asked to show the respect they expect. Each member of the team took a turn to explain a portion of what they had learned that week about print making. They introduced themselves, presented and then introduced the next presenter. Then, to test the audience, questions were asked and prizes awarded for correct answers. Most of us learn much better with an interactive process such as this.

From the July 13-19, 2005, issue

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