Dwelling Place is proud to host the UICA’s national-award-winning ArtWorks Youth Program. The students are working to create new mural at 106 South Division which will be unveiled on August 9 at 6pm.
Twelve students from different area schools, are being led by local artist and Dwelling Place resident Erwin Erkfitz and painting the mural on the Avenue for the Arts’ wall. This mural is in collaboration between the ArtWorks students and their client the Avenue for the Arts (a Dwelling Place advisory committee) and it resulted in a mural that highlights the Avenue for the Arts as a center for arts and culture in Grand Rapids.
The first phase of this project will be designed and painted by the ArtWorks students and, following their completion, artist Erwin Erkfitz will create the second phase of the mural. Erkfitz’s mural, located directly above the students’ mural, will be inspired by the students’ design and his portion will be entered into ArtPrize 2012.
In 2012, UICA’s ArtWorks Youth Program received the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award, the highest honor youth programs can receive in the United States. First Lady Michele Obama awarded ArtWorks the honors for community-based arts and humanities programs that make a marked difference in the lives of their participants by improving academic scores and graduation rates, enhancing life skills, developing positive relationships, and expressing themselves creatively. ArtWorks was created to ready young people (ages 14–21) for 21st century creative careers. The program utilizes contemporary art as a learning platform to promote active and creative citizenship, as well as provide studio experiences, professional resources, and opportunities for students to present themselves and their work to the community.
Dwelling Place staff, residents and supporters are invited to attend a mural dedication on August 9th at 6pm in the parking lot of 106 South Division.