A Night of Creativity for Teens by Teens (Resched. from 4/1)
The nonprofit Sharon Arts School of Art and Craft invites teens from throughout the Monadnock region, their friends and the general public to the school in Sharon, NH this Friday, April 29th 2011, from 6pm to midnight for the 3rd annual “ArtAttack” – (RESCHEDULED From original date 4/1/11) a night of unlimited creativity designed by teens for teens. The all-inclusive ticket cost ($15) provides creative teens from across southern New Hampshire and Northern Massachusetts with unparalleled access to a fun night of: painting and drawing, ceramics, jewelry design, wire sculpture, fashion fun, body painting and more, all under the direction of experienced Sharon Arts faculty and volunteers. Participants under 18 are required to have their pre-purchased ticked signed by a parent/guardian, or to bring a parent to sign a ticket at the door.
Designed to provide safe, fun, and creative beyond-school programming, Sharon Arts Center’s Youth and Teen programs have grown exponentially in recent years. From Summer ArtVenture Camp and After School Clay Clubs, to ArtAccess, an innovative year-long portfolio development program serving high schoolers from ConVal, Conant, Mascenic and other schools, Sharon Arts has become a magnet for creative youth in the Monadnock Region and beyond! Expanded scholarship opportunities have recently provided even more access to SAC programs and events in response to the needs of area families during this economic downturn.
The annual ArtAttack event began in 2008 as a means to expand the reach of the ArtAccess portfolio program to the peers of participants. In an effort to provide teens with a safe and fun alternative to the limited teen activities in the rural Monadnock region, portfolio program participants designed ArtAttack to simulate the college art environment by providing teen artists with a fun, nurturing place to become immersed in visual art, above and beyond the classroom. Planned by teens, for teens, the event has become the highlight of the season for many participants who learn of the event largely via word of mouth, at their high schools, and through the program’s active Facebook page. In recent years, the event has drawn between 150 and 200 teen artists from across the Monadnock Region. Sharon Arts provides faculty, materials, use of 6 state-of-the-art studios as well as ample volunteer chaperones to provide added supervision and safety for the event.
Lauryn Welch, a ConVal graduate and current student at Rhode Island School of Design participated in ArtAccess for several years, was an intern for the program, and plans to return this year as a volunteer. “I can’t wait to come home and volunteer at ArtAttack over Spring Break,” explained Welch. “My involvement in ArtAccess and my active participation in ArtAttack is a special time I’ll never forget, and I’m excited to share it with another generation of artists!”
“Sharon Arts is excited to provide this opportunity to area teens,” cites SAC School Director, Alexandra Wall. “This event is magical and gives young artists in our community a safe and encouraging place to let their creativity run wild!”
This year’s ArtAttack will feature: Paint Rumpus Room: Using unusual tools (squirt guns, slides, balloons with darts, etc) to make marks in a paper covered room; Paperland: Paper will take on new dimensions as people create collaborative giant paper sculptures and origami, using cardboard, newspaper, papier mache, etc. and design their own moving paper puppets for a grand finale puppet show at the end of the night; T-shirt factory: Using a wide variety of mark-making techniques folks will print, stamp, paint, and texturize t-shirts (bring your own, or buy one for $2), then tailor/reconstruct it your own way, or use directions provided. Then, the dyes will be broken out, to add even more character. Figure Drawing: guided drawing from live models (after midnight ,18+); Mixed Media Mechanisms: Wire, found objects, and small sheet metal will be the materials employed to make art that may even move! After 10pm, this studio will switch to a body art room, with Henna and facepainting. Ceramics: This clay studio will be open for clay play including a constantly evolving group sculpture; Glass bead and sculpture lampworking in the Glass Studio.
Admission paid to the event covers use of all materials and tools and helps to raise much-needed funds to support the ArtAccess teen portfolio program and to provide scholarship funds, resources, and expanded opportunities to the program’s participants including an annual art city overnight trip planned for June 2011.
There will be pizza and goodies for sale. Everyone will be welcome 6pm-midnight, and those who are 18+ can until 2am. Volunteers, and monetary and in-kind (food, raffle prize) donations to support this event are welcome: please contact Alexandra Wall at 603-924-7256 x3 or via email Alexandra@sharonarts.org.
Sharon Arts Center would like to thank the following local businesses for donating food, materials, and supplies to the event: Shaw’s Supermarket (Peterborough), Wal-Mart (Rindge), Hannaford’s (Rindge), Peterborough Pizza Barn, and Our Town Pizza (Peterborough).
For more information:
ArtAttack Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=158592204196865
ArtAccess Webpage: http://www.sharonarts.org/education/artaccess
ArtAttack Poster: http://www.sharonarts.org/happenings/events/artattack
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About Sharon Arts
The mission of Sharon Arts Center, a non-profit organization, is to engage the community in the artistic process, to support and serve artists and craftspeople, and to foster the relationship between artists and the community through education, exhibitions, the promotion and sale of art and craft, as well as through special programs and events.
Sharon Arts Center offers a wide variety of art classes and programs in the school facility in Sharon, NH, a Fine Craft Gallery, a Juried Artist Member Gallery, and an Exhibition Gallery in the Depot Square facility. The Sharon Arts Center School is located at 457 Route 123 in rural Sharon, NH. The Sharon Arts Craft Store is located in Depot Square in Downtown Peterborough. Store hours are: Monday – Saturday, 10am to 6pm, Sunday, 12 noon – 6pm.
Sharon Arts is sponsored in part by the Bean Foundation, the Kingsbury Foundation, the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts, the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, The Putnam Foundation, The Susan A. and Donald P. Babson Charitable Foundation, and the Grimshaw-Gudewicz Charitable Foundation.