Young artists and performers will welcome 2012 during Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee’s Annual Fine Arts Exhibit on Thursday, Jan. 5 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at its Mardak Administration Center located at 1558 N. 6th St. The event takes place in the building’s lower level and is free to the public.
The Arts is one of the Boys & Girls Clubs core program areas. It encourages youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing. The National Fine Art Exhibit is a program of Boys & Girls Clubs of America that enables youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through the visual arts. It also provides Club members the opportunity to express themselves creatively, build their confidence and learn new skills.
For the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee Fine Arts Exhibit, 60 pieces by Club members will be showcased. Participants are judged by age group and their original work is featured in one of ten categories: monochromatic drawing, multicolored drawing, pastel, watercolor, oil/acrylic, print making, mixed media, collage, sculpture and group project. In addition, the Fine Art Exhibit will feature wearable art, various food sculptures, and a drum and dance performance.
Afterward, the first place winner of each art category and age group will advance to the Midwest Regional Fine Art Exhibit in March. First place artwork at the regional level will advance to the national contest. For the National Fine Art Exhibit, the top artwork in each of four age groups and ten categories will be selected as national winners. Their artwork will be showcased on Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s virtual gallery in May 2012.
Milwaukee has had national winners two years in a row.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee is the oldest and largest youth-serving agency in Milwaukee. It offers high quality after-school and summer programming for children ages 5-18, focusing on those who have major life obstacles, most often poverty.
The Clubs operates 40 sites, which include six primary locations, 32 school sites, Camp Whitcomb/Mason in Hartland and an extension site at St. Charles Youth and Family Services in Milwaukee. Membership to the Clubs is only $5 per year, per child, but no one is ever turned away based on inability to pay. For all the latest Club news visit www.boysgirlsclubs.org , www.facebook.com/bgcmilwaukee or Twitter @bgcmilwaukee.