ArtsPlace starts June 18, continues to accept applications

• Youth arts apprenticeship program runs June 18-Aug. 9

Staff Report

Rockford Area Arts Council is taking applications for ArtsPlace 2012, the summer arts apprenticeship program for youth ages 14-18. Applications will be accepted until seats are filled.

ArtsPlace will run from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays, June 18-Aug. 9, at Rockford College Clark Arts Center. ArtsPlace is a free program, supported by grants and donations. Bus transportation is provided, if needed.

ArtsPlace artists and teams are dance with Tamara Newquist, theater with Richard Raether, spoken-word poetry and/or jewelry with Tricia Sheridan, sculpture with Marco Basurto and painting with Maya Simmons. Printmaking artist Bruce McDonald is the on-site project director.

Youth work on teams directed by the artist and create original work that is performed and exhibited at the conclusion of the program. Apprentices share in the proceeds from ticket and art sales. Through the process of creating art, participants learn valuable work skills such as productivity, reliability, perseverance, respect and cooperation.

Applications are available online at or at the Rockford Area Arts Council, 713 E. State St., Rockford. Call (815) 963-6765 for more about ArtsPlace.

From the May 23-29, 2012, issue

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