On Saturday, May 13th, Art House will host the 15th Annual Urban Bright Art Exhibit, from 1:00 to 3:00pm. For those of you who have never attended this exhibit or don’t know what it’s about, let me just say that you have been missing one of the most inspirational Art Events in Cleveland.
I have had the profound good fortune to be a part of Art House in one capacity or another for over 10 years, most recently as a Board Member, and have attended many of the Urban Bright Art Exhibits over the years. And they always surprise, amaze and inspire me.
The Urban Bright program is an Art House Arts-in-Education Program which puts local teaching artists into residency programs at Cleveland City schools as well as Constellation schools. The program provides students with meaningful, hands-on arts opportunities and exposure to artists, methods, and materials that they would otherwise not be exposed to.
And once a year we have the opportunity to view the results, and they are amazing. When the youngsters in this program are allowed to express themselves, extraordinary things are created. Grade school kids create ceramic plaques illustrating social concerns using pictures and objects. There are the kinetic sculptures made with duck tape, boxes and wire that move when you turned the crank. Or the glossy 3 foot by 3 foot posters made by High School students from photos that they took then digitized and colorized, each poster a different statement of an issue that the student wanted to express. And painted silk banners that are over 6 feet long, some with flowers, some with animals, some with quotes. Glass and tile mosaics, replicating Cleveland landmarks like the FREE stamp or Terminal Tower.
I could go on and on about the creative, insightful and thought provoking work that is done by these kids of all ages, but instead, I suggest you come to Art House on Saturday, May 13th and see for your self. I am excited to see what has been created this year and I know that I will again be amazed at what is generated when you expose young people to Art.
Art House Board Secretary