Pieces of the Puzzle: Turchin Center Outreach Programs

Friday, March 2, 2018
Friday, March 2, 2018 (6:00pm - 10:00pm)
Saturday, June 2, 2018
Community Gallery

The Turchin Center’s arts and education outreach programs connect the university arts resources to a diverse audience of students, arts patrons, teachers and learners. There are many “pieces of the puzzle” of the Turchin’s outreach programs and each piece strengthens community participation in the arts by creating an environment in which individuals of all ages experience the power and excitement of creating art.

This exhibition celebrates the process of art making and of free play that participants experience when they respond to color, texture, and design in the world around them. According to Pegge Laine, Outreach Coordinator, “When participants let go of the voice that says ‘but I am not an artist’ they allow their creative spirits to soar." 

The TCVA gratefully acknowledges Nancy and Doug Brittelle for their sponsorship of this exhibition.

“There are many pieces of the puzzle, many aspects of the Educational Outreach Programs at the Turchin Center for Visual Arts. Each piece strengthens community participation in the arts by creating an environment in which individuals of all ages experience the power and excitement of creating art in community. The community outreach exhibit celebrates the process of art making, of free play that participants experience when they respond to color, texture, and design in the world around them. Experience what happens when participants let go of the voice that says 'but I am not an artist' and allow their creative spirits to soar.”

- Pegge Laine

Participating outreach groups

Participating outreach groups include the following:

Hidden Talents

Adults in Junaluska Community discover their hidden talents as they explore collage, alcohol inks and painting. Meeting at the Boone Mennonite Brethren Church, they are building an art community as they encourage and support one another through life’s challenges. Time together provides an opportunity to relieve stress and promote healing.

Peacemakers Club

This group is supported by the Turchin Center through the work of Lexi Danner, who works with hispanic youth at Bradford Trailer Park. It provides opportunity for self expression through art and provides a safe place to share thoughts and feelings. As participants play with materials, they learn to see problems as challenges that can be overcome and mistakes as opportunities. This develops confidence in their abilities to solve problems.

Beyond Our Walls

Watauga Opportunities serves differently-abled adults in the workplace. These adults create work from the heart and strengthen self-esteem through each project completed. The wide range of abilities, physical, mental and emotional challenges participants find support in the encouragement they give one another.

The Artist Within

Thanks to a grant provided by Blue Ridge Electric Membership Cooperative, this expressive arts program for third and fourth graders is a six week classroom experience involving activities focusing on self esteem, goal setting, problem solving and identifying and expressing emotions. Funds from BREMCO allow students to spend a day at Appalachian State University, exposing them at an early age to the opportunities in their community for education.

Western Youth Network (WYN) with Art

In its second year, this program works with WYN in an afterschool program for at-risk adolescents. Meeting in TCVA 3200 in a relaxed atmosphere, these students are able to express themselves creatively, often dealing with the stresses of home and school life through their art. They share their feelings, concerns and their hopes for the future as they explore materials and feel pride in their creations.

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