A Youth Art Exhibition
The ASI Art Gallery in collaboration with the Richard Oaks Multicultural Center is proud to present Growing Gestures: A Youth Art Exhibition featuring Little Artists Summer Art Education Camp, and Meridian Interns Program. The intention in showing local youth’s artwork is to contribute to and encourage art education in our community. By instruction and exposer to art practices we hope to stimulate growing, blossoming, and expanding of artistic vision among the up and coming generations. Below are the organizations summarized mission statements.
Little Artists is a summer art education camp in San Francisco. The camp is a place for kids to nurture and explore their creativity through art. Drawing inspiration and knowledge from artists of the past and present, lessons are tailored to lay groundwork for the blossoming artist in every child. You won’t find any “cookie cutter” projects here, as we believe the beauty of art lies in the differences we each imagine and create. We encourage students to think thoughtfully and independently about art, believing student led instruction yields strong motivation and acquisition. All lessons meet the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards, ensuring age appropriate skills while emphasizing the use of language in art.
Meridian Interns Program
The Meridian Interns Program (MIP) is a paid internship for low-income teens from all over San Francisco in which Artist Instructors integrate art-making workshops with training in job-related skills. The MIP uses a designated studio in its non-profit Meridian Gallery as a base for experiential work in the arts. The Meridian Interns Program provides youth with real work in the real world, a paid training in all the transferable job skills of running a gallery. The context for this curriculum driven program is a working downtown gallery. Meridian partners with the Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP), who pays the youth a minimum hourly wage as they create their own diverse working community in a safe environment while they learn art making skills from a team of five to six professional artist instructors.