New location for ArtsPlace
In 1995, the Rockford Area Arts Council launched ArtsPlace, an arts-based youth employment program for teens. They are pleased to repeat the successful program for the summer of 2001, now with a new downtown location at State and Main.
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 August 2.
ArtsPlace staff includes five professional artists instructing in the arts of mosaic, painting, printmaking and dance; six assistants, counselor 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.