ArtsPlace: Jobs for teens returns!

ArtsPlace: Jobs for teens returns!


In 1995, the Rockford Area Arts Council launched ArtsPlace, an arts-based youth employment program for teens. We are pleased to repeat the successful program for the summer of 2002.

ArtsPlace is an eight-week job training program in which 58 teens are apprenticed to professional artists. While working within an art discipline, the apprentices acquire the skills needed to get and keep a job. These skills include punctuality, learning to work cooperatively and productively, maintaining an attitude appropriate to the job, interview preparation and resume writing.

ArtsPlace apprentices earn a weekly stipend which is based on punctuality, behavior and attitude, participation, productivity and creativity. They are on the job 20 hours a week, Monday through Thursday, now through Aug. 8.

ArtsPlace staff includes five professional artists instructing in the arts of mixed-media, painting, printmaking and dance; six assistants, counselor, marketing director and project director.

The ArtsPlace Gallery, at State and Main, is open to the public Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Artwork created by the apprentices is on display and for sale. Commissions are also accepted in each of the disciplines. Performances are scheduled throughout the summer. All proceeds directly fund ArtsPlace. For more information, call 963-2986.

To make a pledge of support for ArtsPlace, call Rockford Area Arts Council at 963-6765.

ArtsPlace announces Dance Concert

ArtsPlace will hold its Fourth Annual Dance Concert: Highlighting Emerging Artists on Thursday, July 25 and Friday, July 26. Performance time is 7 p.m. The concert will be presented on the Mainstage at New American Theater, 118 N. Main St. Admission is $5. Reservations can be made by calling 963-2986. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

In conjunction with the Dance Concert, the ArtsPlace Gallery will be open to the public both before and after the performance. Artwork created by apprentices from the Visual Arts Teams is on display and for sale. All proceeds directly fund the program.

A reception will follow the performance.

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