MSJC Art Gallery Presents a Community Outreach Art Exhibition

September 4, 2013

The a.r.t.e.r.y. (Art, Recognition, Transition, Education, Reciprocation, Youth) is a youth group program exhibiting, “Moving Forward” on September 12 through October 17, 2013, with a Public Reception on Thursday, September 12, 2013, between the hours of 3:00pm to 7:00pm at the Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery. The show has been made possible by the cooperative efforts of the Mt. San Jacinto College 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” 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 MT. San Jacinto College 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 “Moving Forward”, by communicating growth creatively in three phases under the guidance curriculum and program development by Michele Worth, Rachel King, and Jessica Burgess.

The exhibition will display “Moving Forward” into three phases of life by the students self portraits, while conveying the projected issues of time in the present, then moving forward thirty years and finally sixty or more years in their lives. The use of natural materials of paper clay, recycled paper, tea and coffee stained to add an organic nature of cylinders moving forward interlinked with faces and body parts. Phase 1 contains the Self Portrait; a process which one has to look within the present time to begin moving forward. Phase 2 contains a life size clay sculpture of the individual in the thirty year process. Finally, Phase 3 conveys the sixty years or more with expressions of old age. The students also produced “Little Pants” for Africa a collaboration team effort in sewing pants working to serve the community internationally. In addition, the youth will be receiving community services certificates by the installation and fabrication created at the centers at California Family Life Center (CFLC), Planet Youth, Empower Youth, and Rubidoux Youth Center.   

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.

The student provided community service throughout the school year while documenting their experiences in journal form. The projects represent the processes of giving and self-esteem development in a visual form. It symbolizes the collaborative efforts of the youth’s ideas working as one unified team. The centers that received the community services were Little Pants for Africa, Kin Care (art booths/ 2012 fundraiser), Tiny Tots C.H.E.W., and Day of the Child.

CFLC, Empower Youth, a Youth Opportunity Center of Riverside County, is a proud member of the Youth Opportunities Consortium.  The Consortium is led by the Council for Youth Development, the youth voice for the Riverside County Workforce Development Board.  This Workforce Investment Act Title I financially assisted program or activity is an equal opportunity employer/program.  Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. California Family Life Center is an equal Opportunity Employer.

“Moving Forward” will run from September 12 through October 17, 2013. The public reception will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013, between 3:00pm to 7:00pm. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 10:00am – 4:00pm. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.