2012 YAAW Program Ottawa Park Mural

Posted Jul 30th, 2012 by Michelle Carlson  Category: Arts & Entertainment


The Arts Commission is pleased to announce that the 2012 Young Artists At Work (YAAW) Program is currently underway. Our organization is very thankful to hold our program in the University of Toledo’s Center for Visual Arts facility, located in the Frank Gehry Building attached to the Toledo Museum of Art, again for a third year. Names and schools of this year’s YAAW apprentices are included at the end of the release.

Since 1994, ACGT has presented the award winning Young Artists at Work (YAAW) program. This six-week summer employment opportunity enables diverse and at-risk youth to benefit from an intense exposure to the arts. Student apprentices between the ages of 14 and 18 were selected in a competitive process for 6 weeks of summer employment as working artists. The objective of YAAW is to provide an intensive arts experience that fosters artistic self-expression and a quality work ethic that can impact the youth throughout adulthood. The program encourages expression, refinement, cross-cultural sharing, and the exchange of ideas. The opportunity provides exposure to the concept of art as a business, as well as the creation of public art for the greater Toledo community.

The apprentices in this year’s program include 42 students representing more than 21 area high schools, including private, parochial, charter, and public schools. The 2012 YAAW apprentices will work on a number of projects this summer under the mentorship of talented local artists and art educators.

The public is also invited to join us for the YAAW Open House on Wednesday, August 1, 5-7pm at the YAAW Worksite (UT’s Center for the Visual Arts, 620 Grove Place) to celebrate the creative accomplishments of the apprentices with brief remarks, artwork for sale and light refreshments.

Among the larger and more community-oriented projects completed by the apprentices this summer is a mural for the amphitheatre in Ottawa Park, commissioned by the advisory board of Ottawa and Jerome Parks. The mural will be installed behind the stage of the amphitheatre in the section of Ottawa Park behind The Toledo Hospital. Entrance to the section of the park that houses the amphitheatre is off of Kenwood where it meets N. Cove. The YAAW apprentices have designed the mural to incorporate the theme of Mother Nature and ART, as requested my members of the Ottawa Park Board.

Megan Schmidt, Instructor, is leading the YAAW apprentices on the Ottawa Park Amphitheatre Mural. Her favorite part of facilitating the mural thus far has been “Seeing everyone’s ideas. We’re bringing in unique aspects of Toledo.

YAAW Apprentice Kelly Barfield, assisted with the final sketch of the Ottawa Park mural. Her favorite part of the project has been “being able to incorporate everyone’s idea rather than using one idea”.

YAAW Apprentice Justyn Wilkes, is excited to begin painting the mural. As part of the team that sanded and primed the mural panels, he is ready to see the color. When asked what his personal goal for the mural was Justyn responded with, “I want it to be recognized by the community. They will look at it and say ‘Wow they did a really good job!’”

The press is invited to tour the 2012 YAAW site during the last remaining week of the program. The last date the program will be open for visits is Thursday, August 2, 2012. To schedule an interview or tour, please contact Michelle Carlson at 419-254-ARTS (2787) or via email, at mcarlson@acgt.org.

This year’s apprentices are:

Nick Adams-Arman (Ottawa Hills High School), Kelly Barfield (Ottawa Hills High School), Kyle Burton (Woodward High School), Myles Burton (Horizon Science Academy), Jacob Byers (Waite High School), Andrew Coutts (Sylvania Southview High School), Marina Craton (ECOT), Ara Eckman (Waite High School), Krystel Griffith (Waite High School), Bianca Iannarino (Start High School), Shane Jackson (Eagle Academy), Dan Jones (Woodward High School), Tianna Jones (Owens Community College), Mary Jorgenson (Notre Dame Academy), Scotty Joshua (Rogers High School), Treva Mathis (Phoenix Academy), Patricia Mayes (Woodward High School), Mackenzie Michalak (Whitmer High School), Jordan Moon (Waite High School), Adriana Nortiz (Sylvania Southview High School), Shawnta Pearson (Whitmer High School), Andrew Piercefield (Toledo School for the Arts), Allison Rearick (Bowsher High School), Ian Richardson (Toledo School for the Arts), Khalia Riley (GED), Chelsea Roberts (Whitmer High School), Alma Sandoval Hernandez (Waite High School), Christopher Sheehan (St. Francis de Sales High School), Reegan Street (Sylvania Northview High School), Maranda Stricklen (Phoenix Academy), Kyle Tansel (Owens Community College), Devon Toska (Summit Academy), Adrian Traynum II (St. Francis de Sales High School), Anastasia Wagner (Sylvania Northview High School), Ryan Wiggins (Whitmer High School), Justyn Wilkes (Sylvania Northview High School), Ettel Williams (Waite High School), Mykal Williams (Summit Academy), Ray’chel Wilson (Notre Dame Academy), Hannah Yeager (Toledo Christian High School), Paul Young (Summit Academy), Tamara Young (Toledo School for the Arts)

Program support for the 2012 YAAW program is provided by:

Architectural Artifacts, Collingwood Arts Center, Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan, Lucas County Job and Family Services, Lucas County Summer Youth Employment Program, Ohio Arts Council, Toledo Community Foundation, University of Toledo Art Department

Ms. Julie Beckert, Bill and Sara Jane DeHoff, Mr. Dave Gierke, Sharon A. Kerstetter, Dr. and Mrs. Garth Phibbs, Meg and Dick Ressner, Margy and Scott Trumbull, Jim Moore and Tim Valko, Mr. and Mrs. Frederic Wolfe, Dr. and Mrs. Robert A Zimmerman, Mr. Edward Zraik

To learn more about the YAAW program, please visit www.theartscommission.org.

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