We’re Not the Only Ones Who Think ArtWorks Is Great!

Young Audiences is very proud of the recognition that ArtWorks received last week! ArtWorks is the only multi-disciplinary, arts-based job-training program for Northeast Ohio high school students that provides training in the arts while developing 21st century skills for the workplace, such as teamwork, discipline, creative problem solving, critical thinking and personal responsibility.

Sebrina Matchura

On December 1st, The Ohio Department of Youth Services in partnership with the Governor’s Council on Juvenile Justice and the Ohio Association of Juvenile Court Judges awarded its Director’s Community Recognition Award to Young Audiences of Northeast Ohio for the ArtWorks program. The award also highlighted a young person whose life was positively influenced through ArtWorks.  High school student Sebrina Matchura struggled with drug addiction, and ArtWorks became a place to learn self-discipline and how to express herself in a positive way. Sebrina used art as her refuge and safe place.

On Friday, December 2nd, Deborah Ratner received the MyCom 2011 Youth Voice Civic Leader Award from Cuyahoga County’s Family and Children’s First Council and The Cleveland Foundation. With Mrs. Ratner’s creative vision, generosity and volunteer leadership, ArtWorks has flourished into a coveted career development opportunity for local youth from diverse backgrounds that offers long-lasting individual and public impact. Since its inception, ArtWorks has employed more than 600 teens from private, parochial, and home schools and has expanded to two sites, the Halle Building and Tri-C Metro.

Ron Ratner, Deborah Ratner, Marsha Dobrzynski

Want to know more about ArtWorks? Check out this awesome video that captures the amazing experience that 131 Northeast Ohio high school students had last summer at ArtWorks:

Applications will be available in early January 2012 on the Young Audiences website.

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