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ArtWorks Fall 2003 Final Celebration Showcase
Friday, January 23, 2004

The Arts & Cultural Council for Greater Rochester's Fall 2003 ArtWorks program will be presenting the ArtWorks Showcase at the Visual Studies Workshop on Friday, January 23, 2004. The Showcase will feature the final products of the Visual Arts group and a performance of the African Dance and Drum group in the auditorium of the Visual Studies Workshop. Doors will open at 5pm and parking is available in the Visual Studies Workshop parking lot. Parking lot entrances access from either Prince Street or University Avenue, across from the School of The Arts. Visual Studies is located at 31 Prince Street, on the corner of Prince Street and University Avenue.

ArtWorks is an employment and training initiative for city teens (ages 14 & 15) to learn job readiness skills to prepare young people for the work force. The program was held at the Hendrick Dance Project facility at 34 Elton Street and the Dr. Freddie Thomas Learning Center at 625 Scio Street beginning October 1, 2003.

The 23 apprentices who have successfully completed the ArtWorks 2003 Fall Program have gained valuable work experience and will receive a certificate of employability from the Arts & Cultural Council. These apprentices gained job skills as well as new artistic skills by creating original drawings and jewelry pieces. Apprentices in the Visual Arts group also gained a valuable awareness of art history with visits to the Memorial Art Gallery and in discussions with visiting artists. Apprentices in then African and Dance and Drum workshops, learned both dancing and drumming skills and applied those skills in a variety of African folk dances. This group also received orientation, through discussion, video and guest artists, in the cultural background of African-American groups who trace their ancestry to West Africa.

Our Apprentice artists worked 6 hours per week for minimum wage ($5.15 per hour). Apprentice artists worked with the Teaching Artists to develop: 1) personal growth; 2) responsibility for one's actions; 3) working towards a common goal (final performance and displays); 4) working as a team member; 5) conflict resolution through positive outlets; 6) exposure to the arts and acquisition of new skills.

Our two workgroups included the Visual Arts Work Group, led by local artists Shawn Dunwoody and Allison Roberts, and the African Dance and Drum workgroup, led by Colleen Hendrick and Blair Hornbuckle. These supervising artists are professional artists, from performance and visual arts disciplines. They developed and implemented the curriculum and provided mentoring to apprentice artists who benefited from improved thinking skills, personal qualities, interpersonal skills, and academic skills.

For more information please call the ArtWorks Coordinator, Rich Della Costa, at 585-473-4000, extension 210.

ArtWorks is an initiative of the Arts & cultural Council for Greater Rochester supported with public and private funds, including the City of Rochester and the Good Grades Pay Program, Monroe County, the Feinbloom Supporting Foundation of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the Suzanne H. Lee Charitable Trust, the Mary S. Mulligan Charitable Trust, the Goldberg Berbeco Foundation, Inc., the B. Thomas Golisano Foundation, the West Group, the Louis S. and Molly B. Wolk Foundation, Inc., the John F. Wegman Fund of the Rochester Area Community Foundation, Target Corporation, M&T Bank Charitable Foundation, and the Ames-Amzalak Memorial Trust in memory of Henry Ames, Semon Amzalak and Dan Amzalak.




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