Teens loving and learning their jobs in ArtWorks

April 10, 2012

The success of ArtWorks Summer led to an expansion of the arts program into four after-school apprentice programs. In January, 2012, 40 teens were hired to work with professional teaching artists in Digital Game Design, Dance, Ceramics or Recording Arts Technology. Each group meets twice a week at the Halle Building downtown for Young Audiences’ job training program.

Here’s what some of the young apprentices say …

“I like that ArtWorks is now during the school year too. In the past it’s been really hard to get a job because I don’t have experience. I want to go to school for Game Design. Now, because of the experience I’ve gained at ArtWorks, I’ll have a competitive edge.” – Gabrielle Calabrese of Cleveland, Digital Game Design Group.

“We have started working on our collaborative game. I am in the group doing the artwork and we began doing sketches of the characters in the game. I felt kind of important being in a group with a specific part of the project. We’ve started a little slow but I think things will move much faster after we get the initial sketches done. I can already tell that this is going to turn out well.” — Emily Gitlin of South Euclid, Digital Game Design Group.

“The ArtWorks Afterschool program incorporates learning and fun into a great experience that all can enjoy. This program incorporates learning with fun by teaching you something that you would like to do as a career. This program prepares you for the future and for a future career.” — Romelle Brackett of Cleveland Heights, Digital Game Design Group.

“I respect the ArtWorks program a lot. It really helps me by teaching me new things. I am experiencing things I never thought I would get a chance to experience. This program has kept me out of trouble and has taught me the value of earning a paycheck. The dance co-op is different than what I was expecting but every time I come to work, I always do something new and exciting.” — Christopher Morris of Euclid, Dance Group.

“It’s better than I expected. I can ask the teaching artist for help whenever I need it. ArtWorks is a job I don’t mind going to.” – Victor  Ruiz, Jr. of Cleveland, Digital Game Design Group.

“Our Master Teaching Artist knows what he’s talking about and he has a lot of cool experiences to share. He feels like a teacher and a friend more than a normal boss because he does the same things we do.” – Desire Banyeretse of Cleveland, Digital Game Design Group.


Want more Artworks???

The Cleveland Plain Dealer wrote an indepth article about ArtWorks and the program’s success teaching real world job skills on April 4.

Cleveland Heights Patch interviewed three teens from Cleveland Heights High School about what they’re creating at ArtWorks on April 2

Follow ArtWorks on facebook for updates from the young apprentices.

Look for ArtWorks’ Public Exhibition, April 24, 5:30-7 p.m.