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Youth Artists Empowered at the Refinery

June 7 - July 26

The AAAC is excited to welcome student work from Youth Artists Empowered Art Lab into the Hall Gallery during the months of June and July. This vibrant collection of mixed media paintings represented in narrative, abstract, cubism, impressionistic, contemporary, primitive and textile designs was created and is being sold by youth artists who are between the ages of eleven and nineteen years old.

Youth Artists share the power of art“I feel Freedom.” “Joy!” “I feel Powerful.” “I can express my feelings and emotions.” “I realized that I am an artist.” “I get to represent the importance of family and the development of human life.” “I get to use colors to represent the feelings that define me.” “You have to live life in the moment when you are making art.”

The Youth Artists Empowered (“YAE”) Art Lab, led by Cleaster Cotton, is where local youth learn how to expand their creative capabilities and develop new abilities and life skills. They develop self-expression and language that assists them in communication and personal growth. They use these tools in self-reflection and examine their characters, personalities and see their place in the world.

Students were provided art materials, shown various ways to use them and given creative assignments. During their creative process, they received verbal prompts, feedback and positive reinforcement relating to their use of the materials and their projects. Imagination, innovation and ingenuity are the common threads that weave through workshops of each Cycle.

It truly takes a village to grow healthy youth…

Thank you to our YAE program sponsor, Pink Dog Creative (Hedy Fischer and Randy Shull,) in cooperative with the Arthur R. Edington Education and Career Center, Shuvonda Harper, Southside Rising.

Youth Artists: Max Curtis, Brenda Estrada, Gloria Estrada, Trinity Harper, Jubilee Morrell, Eden Mosley, Zion Mosley, Evie Thomas


June 7
July 26
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