The Arts Commission Presents the 2017 Young Artists At Work Program

Eye On Art  |  07/14/2017 9:00 am

Forty-two diverse teens from the Greater Toledo region are working as paid artists for six weeks of their summer as apprentices in The Arts Commission’s Young Artists at Work (YAAW) program.
The YAAW program is activated with several major projects this summer.  The Shelter facility of the Ottawa Park Ice Rink will see a new interior mural; an exterior mural is being created for the backside of the Wilson Park pool building; and a suite of artworks will be created for the public lobby spaces of Lucas County Job and Family Services offices as well for the Child Support Enforcement Agency common spaces.

The public is invited to attend the YAAW 2017 / Creatives Premiere on Wednesday, August 2nd, 5-7pm at the YAAW worksite, located at the University of Toledo Center for the Visual Arts, 620 Grove Place.  This event showcases the accomplishments of the program including original art to view and purchase, a multi-media performance at 5:30pm in the Toledo Museum of Art Peristyle Theatre, studio tours and more.

The Arts Commission has presented the award-winning YAAW program since 1994. Student apprentices between the ages of 14 and 18 are selected in a competitive process for six weeks of employment as working artists, with the objective of providing an intensive arts experience that fosters artistic self-expression and a quality work ethic that can impact the youth and shape their adulthood. The program encourages expression, refinement, cross-cultural sharing and the exchange of ideas.