Arts In Reach
is a program which supports underprivileged teen girls by providing them with cost-free arts enrichment workshops and experiences. The program seeks to offer the girls space to flex their creative muscles while also developing confidence, critical thinking skills and a sense of self-worth.
This past summer, Arts In Reach launched artVentures, a multi-disciplinary arts program led by two professional visual artists and an art therapist. Over the course of two consecutive three-week programs, participants collaborated with the artists and with each other to develop a multi-disciplinary portfolio showcasing their work.
Throughout the course of the program, participants visited several interesting cultural and historical sites including Rye Beach, Hackmatack Theatre and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
AIR forged a successful partnership with the Seacoast Repertory Theatre, allowing the girls to enjoy a free showing of You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, in addition to workshops and personal time with the cast.
Each session of artVentures culminated in a showcase performance of the girls’ work.
This project was coordinated by Executive Director, Virginia Skevington, Program Director, Shannon Marshall, and Americorp VISTA, Rebecca Romanoski. The 2013 summer program was made possible by numerous financial contributions, including a Youth Arts Project Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.