ArtsPlace culminates with Emerge July 30-31

ArtsPlace apprentices (pictured, with instructors) will present Emerge Friday and Saturday, July 30-31, at Rockford College's Clark Arts Center. Photo provided

From press release

Rockford Area Arts Council’s ArtsPlace summer youth apprenticeship program culminates with Emerge, an art exhibit and sale and a collaborative performance featuring dance, music, poetry, storytelling and visual arts. The event will be Friday and Saturday, July 30-31, at Rockford College’s Clark Arts Center, 5050 E. State St., Rockford. Tickets are $5, and children 5 and younger are admitted free.

Schedule is as follows:

Friday, July 30—Art exhibit, sale and reception, 5:30-7 p.m.; and performance, 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 31—Art exhibit and sale, 1 p.m.; and performance, 2 p.m.

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

Rockford Area Arts Council’s summer youth apprenticeship program began Monday, June 21, at Rockford College. ArtsPlace is for aspiring artists between 14 and 18 years old who work under the direction of professional artists to create art to sell and perform for the public.

Proceeds earned from tickets and art sales are divided equally among the youth who successfully complete the program. Since 1995, more than 800 youth have benefited from ArtsPlace apprenticeships, and this summer marks the 16th year of the program.

ArtsPlace welcomed two new artists to the program this year: Dorothy Paige-Turner, well-known jazz vocalist who joined the ArtsPlace staff as lead artist teaching music and all its connections to art; and Marco Basurto, sculpture artist who turns what most people consider junk into works of art.

Returning ArtsPlace staff include Bruce McDonald, co-director and printmaking artist; Kathryn Martin, painting and photo journalist artist; and Tamara Newquist, dance artist.

ArtsPlace meets at Rockford College’s Clark Arts Center from June 21 to Aug. 3, Mondays-Thursdays, from noon to 4 p.m. The public is invited to visit from 1 to 3:30 p.m. to view teams at work.

The mission of the Rockford Area Arts Council is to support, promote and develop the arts for everyone. ArtsPlace was created to give youth from diverse ethnic and economic backgrounds that opportunity. ArtsPlace is supported through grants from the Rockford Park District, Illinois Department of Human Services, Target, the National Endowment for the Arts and individual donations.

From the July 28-Aug 3, 2010 issue

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