MSJC Art Gallery Presents a Community Outreach Art Exhibition

The A.R.T.E.R.Y. (Art, Recognition, Transition, Education, Reciprocation, Youth) is a youth group program exhibiting, “1000 Hours: Measuring Time” October 29 through November 21, 2012, with a Public Reception on Monday, October 29, 2012, between the hours of 4pm to 7pm at the Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery. The show has been made possible by the cooperative efforts of the MSJC Art Gallery, California Family Life Center (CFLC) and its affiliates in Hemet, Rubidoux, and Lake Elsinore.
 
The primary goal of A.R.T.E.R.Y. is to demonstrate to at-risk youth that fine arts and language arts are effective modes of safe and positive self-expression that will help them to navigate the challenges of life. The letter “T” letter represents Transition, one of the key processes of providing a smooth or less intimidating transition into higher education for all first time students from the CFLC program. By displaying their artwork in the MSJC Art Gallery, the participants are also exposed to college as an accessible and viable site to continue their education.
 
Every year the A.R.T.E.R.Y. group presents a theme in serving the community. This year’s theme is “1000 Hours: Measuring Time”, communicating thoughts of time by creating art under the guidance curriculum and program development by Michele Worth and Sarah Holbach.
 
The exhibition space will be covered with over 1,000 hours of community service throughout the 2011-12 school year while documenting their experiences in journal form. The projects represent the processes of giving and self-esteem development in a visual form which include: The building of a ceramic clock mural depicting the inner working of a large scale clock. It symbolizes the collaborative efforts of the youth’s ideas working as one unified clock. In addition, to the clock are handmade Clock Literacy pillows with accompanying books, Little Dresses for Africa with over 250 dresses sewed, Kin Care (art booths/ 2012 fundraiser), Tiny Tots C.H.E.W., Day of the Child, etc.
 
The participants created a wide variety of art work that was in direct response to writing that they did in journals.  The writing component of A.R.T.E.R.Y. is aimed at helping the participants gain communication skills, use their imagination, and build self-esteem. Journaling is the building block of the process of developing their thoughts into creative artwork, which in turn opens up a venue for youth voices to be heard: their challenges, goals, and vision. Through this process the youth gained an essence of the importance of giving time for others in need locally and internationally, an important element needed worldwide.
 
“1000 Hours: Measuring Time” will run from October 29 through November 21, 2012. The public reception will be held on Monday, October 29 from 4 to 7pm. Gallery hours are Mondays – Thursday, 10am – 4pm. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.
 
For more information, please contact Joe Posadas at the MSJC Art Gallery at 951-487-3585 or e-mail jposadas@msjc.edu.