Summer youth arts apprenticeship program culminates with ‘Emerge’

Staff Report

ArtsPlace, Rockford Area Arts Council’s seven-week summer youth apprenticeship program, will culminate with “Emerge” — an art exhibit, sale, and a collaborative performance featuring dance, poetry, theater and visual art — Thursday-Sunday, Aug. 7-10.

At 7:30 p.m., Thursday and Friday, Aug. 7-8, the ArtsPlace Theater Team will present Clik!. Then, at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 9, and 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 10, the ArtsPlace Spoken Word Poetry & Dance teams will present “Beginnings.” Both events will be inside Kresge Hall at Riverfront Museum Park, 711 N. Main St., Rockford. Tickets are $8 VIP, $5 adult, and $3 children 10 and younger.

The ArtsPlace Visual Arts Team will present “Artist at Work,” art demonstrations, art exhibit and sale from 3 to 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 8 , at 317 Studio & Gallery, 317 Market St., Rockford. Original works of art will be available for purchase.

ArtsPlace began June 23 in downtown Rockford. The program is for aspiring artists 14-18 years old who work under the direction of professional artists to create art to sell and perform for the public. Proceeds earned from the program’s tickets and art sales are divided equally among the youth who successfully complete the program. Since 1995, more than 1,000 youth have benefited from ArtsPlace apprenticeships, and this summer marks the 20th year of the program.

ArtsPlace teams were led this year by Rockford Dance Company instructor Meghan Baylor; Spoken Word Poetry by Tricia Sheridan; print-mixed media by Bruce McDonald; mural by Corey Hagberg; and theater by Mike Werckle and Nathan Davis. Sites included Rockford Dance Company, Mendelssohn Hall, 317 Studio & Gallery and State of the Art Gallery. The program runs through Aug. 11, and the public is invited to view these teams in action between 1 and 3:30 p.m., Mondays-Thursdays.

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

Posted Aug. 5, 2014

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