Summer Arts Showcase Features Area Youth Artwork
A Summer Arts Showcase featuring a wide variety of diverse youth artwork ranging from photography to comic books to live improv and more will be the featured attraction at a free and open-to-the-public reception on Thursday, August 20, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the New Britain Museum of American Art.
The exhibition, available for public viewing through Friday, August 21, will include works created by area youth during summer arts workshops at public libraries in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. The workshops were funded by a series of summer arts grants to local libraries by the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain.
“It’s exciting, energetic and we’ve been so lucky to have it. The children are not only learning, but having fun while doing it,” said New Britain Public Library librarian Pat Rutkowski of the summer art program. “Without the Community Foundation grant, we wouldn’t be able to host this class.”
Featured works will include:
• A live improv show, with a troupe made up of teenagers and adults from Berlin. Instructed by Sea Tea Improv, the two groups met separately to learn the basics before coming together to develop a performance. This program was funded by a $985 grant from the Community Foundation.
• Handmade jewelry produced by Berlin students during a three-week program with professional jeweler Deborah Jaffe, owner of Kandu Design, LLC. The workshop was funded by a $600 grant from the Community Foundation.
• Photographs captured by Plainville teens during a five-week workshop with retired photojournalist Judy Humphrey at the Plainville Public Library. The workshop was funded by a $1,478 grant from the Community Foundation, which also covered the purchase of two digital cameras and a photo printer for the teenagers to use.
• Digital “waterbot” artwork created by children at the Southington Public Library using a water color robot and 3D printer. The workshop was funded by a $1,850 grant from the Community Foundation.
• Comic books made collaboratively by New Britain adults and teenagers at the New Britain Public Library. The class was instructed by comic book artist Matt Ryan and funded by a $2,025 grant from the Community Foundation.
Established in 1941, the Community Foundation of Greater New Britain connects donors who care with causes that matter in Berlin, New Britain, Plainville and Southington. It does this by raising resources and developing partnerships that make a measurable improvement in the quality of life in each of these communities. For more information, visit www.cfgnb.org.