May 30 - August 1
Students of George Junior Repulic
Public Reception: May 30, 5-7 pm
Developed by Glen Sanders, Arts Director of George Junior Republic, and Jim West, sculptor, the exhibition provided students with the opportunity to express what it means to ‘man up’ in their own lives. The resulting works of art reflect on some tough subjects including abandonment, abuse, death, incarceration and the weight of feeling responsible for the welfare of their families. Yet, they also reflect forgiveness, accountability, wholeness and hope.
According to Sanders, Man Up gave a voice to young men who usually don’t get the chance to share their story outside of the juvenile justice system and social services. The hope is that this exhibition will not allow them to share a part of themselves but to also help others become part of the discussion on what it means to “man up”.
The George Junior Republic Art2O program serves over 150 students each year. The afterschool program provides students a broad spectrum of life enhancement skills through fine art experiences. Small groups, ranging up to eight students, meet twice per week with an artist in a studio setting to develop and explore new techniques and ways of thinking. Staff provides instruction and resources for the creation of individual work as well as community – based works in partnership with communities and professionals.
An opening reception is planned for Thursday, May 30, 5-7 pm at The Confluence, 114 East Washington Street. The exhibition will continue through August 1.