The Arts and Education Outreach Programs of the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University is committed to connecting university arts resources to a diverse audience of community arts patrons, teachers and learners to inspire a love of learning through the arts. Through participation in workshops, APP students, community members and school children of all ages can be part of a nurturing environment and experience the power and excitement of the arts to engage, discover, create and heal. Participants are invited to let go of the voice that whispers “but I am not an artist” and allow their creative spirits to soar.

Regional Outreach Art Mobile (ROAM)

A recent addition to the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts at Appalachian State University is the Reginal Outreach Art Mobile (ROAM) – a traveling classroom full of supplies to inspire artists of all ages and abilities to discover their artist within through creativity and design. The ROAM program supports the center’s vision to be an engaging and accessible resource responding to diverse educational, cultural and health needs by meeting participants wherever they are in their personal relationship with the visual arts and providing them with opportunities to access the power of the arts to help learn, grow and heal.

Per Pegge Laine, TCVA’s Community Outreach Coordinator, “Our mobile van and the ROAM program make materials and inspiration available to community members and their imagination and creativity do the rest.”

Other Outreach Programs

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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