A Chance to Celebrate Our Youth

Apr 30, 2013 by

Barnstable Patriot
April 26th 2013
Written By: David Augustinho

THEY WERE INSPIRED – Inspire Salon of Hyannis held a fundraiser for the ArtWorks program. Left to right: Joan McDonald of the Workforce Investment Board, Jennifer Kent of Heritage Museum and Gardens, and Samantha Welch and Trish Roberts of Inspire Salon.

One important role that the Workforce Investment Board fulfills is in providing planning and programming for the region’s youth. We accomplish that in a couple of ways: our youth council oversees services provided at Career Opportunities, and also engages with a range of partners in the community to provide activities focused on young adults. We also provide internships and career exploration activities through our School to Careers Program.

One of these internships is the ArtWorks program, which is provided in partnership with Heritage Museums and Gardens. The ArtWorks program matches high school students who have talent in the arts with working artist mentors. The students and mentors work together for a semester and at the end of the year an exhibition of the student’s works is mounted.

This year the exhibit of student works will be presented in three locations across the Cape, and a selection of the artwork is also presented at the Statehouse in Boston during the summer (thanks to state Sen. Dan Wolf’s office for making those arrangements).

The opening of this year’s ArtWorks exhibit is Friday, April 26, at Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich at 5:30 p.m.  The rest of the schedule for the exhibit is:

April 27 to May 12: Exhibit open to the public at Heritage Museums & Gardens

May 18 to June 1: Exhibit at Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis

June 8 to 22: Exhibit at Wellfleet Preservation Hall.

June 29 to Aug. 18: Selected artwork on exhibit at the Massachusetts Statehouse

We are delighted to be able to display our students’ work across the region for the first time this year, affording the artists, parents and the general public convenient hours and locations to view the collection.

The chief sponsor for our ArtWorks program is the Cape Cod Five Cents Savings Bank. They are a long-time supporter of the program and we are delighted that CEO Dorothy Savarese and her team are continuing their support of this unique program.

The program did pick up a new sponsor this year. Inspire Salon of Hyannis held a fundraiser and donated the proceeds to the ArtWorks Program. The picture above shows Samantha Welch and Trish Roberts from the Salon presenting their donation.

Many non-profits are finding it very difficult these days to generate the funds needed to maintain programs. The Workforce Investment Board and Heritage Museums and Gardens are grateful to the Five and Inspire Salon for their generous support.

We hope that you will be able to spend some time over the next few months visiting one of our exhibit venues to celebrate first-hand the work of our talented students, many of whom are intending to pursue a career in the arts. Perhaps you’ll be able to say, “I saw that artist way before he/she became famous.”

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