The 18th Annual Arts in Residential and Therapeutic Setting with Youth Exhibition will be held at Jacoby Arts Center in Alton. Presented by ARTSY, the show will feature original artwork created by children and teens in residential and therapeutic art programs. With work displayed from children in 17 Missouri and Illinois organizations, the exhibition shows the wide range of emotions that children and teens can express with paint, pencils and paper and 3-Dimensional materials. The artwork "speaks' for the child or teen and communicates the power of their own experience, especially what the artist might not be able to put into words.
Sponsored by the Missouri Art Therapy Association (MATA), the show is intended to allow the broader community the chance to become aware of how successful these art programs are at influencing and helping to change the lives of the youth that participate. The exhibition will also acknowledge and provide reinforcement to those involved for their participation in a positive activity. Identified youth will also be given the opportunity to perform at the opening reception in the form of singing, playing a musical instrument, or dancing. Donations give mentorship opportunities to youth who apply to act as curators, docent or even help design the event's posters and announcement cards. A local graphic designer, worked with selected youth to design promotional materials for the event. The chosen youth in all mentorship positions receive art materials to help motivate the young artists to continue developing their creativity.
ARTSY, or Arts in Residential and Therapeutic Settings with Youth, works to provide artist opportunities for the clients of these programs.
Event Date: April 11, 2014-April 30, 2015
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 10, 2015 from 1-3 p.m.
Location: Jacoby Arts Center, 627 East Broadway, Alton, IL 62002; 618-462-5222