Whose that checking out what Portside Art Center is all about? Why it's City Councilman David Oh! David Oh and his assistant Illeana Garcia swung by for a few hours to take a tour of the center and find out more about our programs and mission. It was a great visit and a wonderful honor! Thanks David!
Our ongoing All-Girl arts and crafts program "Girl Power!" powers on with scarf making! Geared to young gals, this class strives to build self-esteem and awareness of the world through arts and crafts, recycled materials and discussions about great female artists such as painter Frida Kahlo and quilter/storyteller Faith Ringgold. Ginger Metzger is at the helm, coming up with the most amazing array of projects! Even the grown up girls of Portside agree--we want one of these scarfs!
Calling all Comic book Fans! A new class at Portside is being offered: "Comics Conquered"! Learn every aspect of this divine art form, from telling your story, to getting it down in ink on paper! This 8 week class, led by artist Reagan Copeland, is focused on honing the comic book dreams of every kid! Click here to register!
Last friday Portside Arts Center had all hands on deck at Adaire School in Fishtown! Students who had participated in our After School Arts program were awarded with certificates of accomplishment at a special arts assembly held in their honor. Each student also received a free pass to a class at Portside! These blossoming talents held an art show for their classmates grade 1st-4th, as well as their parents, and there was a buzz in the air as parents and children alike got excited for our program to start up again next year!
For those not familiar with our after school program, it is our response to the drastic cuts to arts education in our school systems. As a neighborhood resource, we felt an obligation to reach as many students as we could and put back in place the wonder and creativity of the arts. By going into schools such as Adaire, St. Georges, Port Richmond and Our Lady, for a dollar a class per student, we were able to give the kids painting, drawing, arts and crafts. The response has been amazing, and next year we will continue, bigger and better!
Our intern Jaylisa Perez from the innovative high school El Centro de Estudiantes brought her semester long internship to a grand finale with the installation of her show "El Centro in Motion" on March 7th. Her foray into curating highlighted the professional experiences that she had with Portside, and included stories and images from 21 of her fellow students and the mentorships that they experienced through the program. This unique school pairs at-risk youth with mentors who work with the students to give them the professional experiences they need to move forward with their individual goals. Of her opening night, Jaylisa wrote:
"As I walked around all I could hear were great comments and see huge smiles. The teachers and other students were happy to see all that I had done along with the help of my advisor, mentors, and Krystal. There were many different elements of art including paintings, canvas work and photographs by Krystal Cruz another student in my advisory. I also included pieces of art done by our art teacher Andrew Chrisman and art done by Beth Prusky, teaching artist and mentor. The photographs were of students in our school at their internship sites. Most of the students who saw their photos on the wall were excited and felt somewhat important knowing that they were featured in an actual art exhibit. That made me proud to know that I was admired for putting this show together. There was food donated by mentors who were also interested in the work I was doing. The mission for my show was to exhibit all the talent and hard work that is done through the Real World Learning Program at el Centro de Estudiantes high school."
And we think she did just that! Portside is so happy to have agreed to a supervised mentorship with two wonderful students. It has been a very rewarding experience for all of us!