ALTON — The 19th annual Arts in Residential and Therapeutic Settings with Youth Exhibition is on its way to the Jacoby Arts Center.
The exhibition runs May 14-19 with an opening reception from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at the center, 627 E. Broadway.
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 19 Missouri and Illinois organizations, the exhibition shows the range of emotions children and teens can express with paint, pencils and paper and three-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, 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 youths’ lives. This year videotaping will take place to create a documentary for next year’s 20th annual anniversary of ARTSY. 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 youths who apply to act as curators or docents and 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.
For information about Jacoby Arts Center, visit jacobyartscenter.org.