ArtsPlace presents ‘EMERGE’ at Auburn Freshman Campus

Rockford Area Arts Council presents “EMERGE,” original dance and drama performances and visual art exhibits by emerging young artists from ArtsPlace, a youth apprenticeship program, at 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 31, and 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 1. The event will be at Auburn Freshman Campus, 520 N. Pierpont.

ArtsPlace is an intensive studio experience for the youth who create art through the instruction and guidance from professional artists.

ArtsPlace artists this year are Bruce McDonald, printmaking; Geraldine Carter, therapeutic drama; Tamara Newquist, dance; Kathryn Martin, sculpture; and Corey Hagberg, painting. McDonald and Sharon Nesbit-Davis are co-directors.

The dance team performance will be “Walking On the Moon…the Many Faces of Jazz,” which includes a tribute to Michael Jackson. The Therapeutic Drama Team will present “Let’s Work it Out, Don’t Kick us Out,” an original play based on true stories of the apprentices. The play examines issues of teen homelessness. Artwork from Printmaking, Sculpture and Paint teams will be exhibited and for sale.

“EMERGE” tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Children 5 and younger are free. Tickets may be purchased from ArtsPlace apprentices, at ArtsPlace: Auburn Freshman Campus, 520 N. Pierpont, noon-4 p.m., Monday-Thursdays, or at the Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St. All proceeds earned from ticket and art sales are shared equally among the youth apprentices who successfully complete the program.

For more information, contact the Rockford Area Arts Council at (815) 963-6765.

from the July 29-August 4, 2009, issue

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