Youth Program Encourages Elementary School Children to “Listen to Your ART”

May 13, 2022 | Arts & Culture

Listen to Your ART
Narrows Center for the Arts
Exhibiting from May 14 to June 11
Closing Exhibit June 4, 11am to 1pm, refreshments will be served

The following piece was written by Marianne Le Guyader

Listen to Your ART is the personification of a vision of Wendy Garf-Lipp, Executive Director of the United Neighbors of Fall River, brought to you in collaboration with the Narrows Center for the Arts! As a community we are thriving despite the Pandemic; which has colored our world with surprising results. Ms Garf-Lipp strived to challenge the paradigm of listlessness and solitude by bringing students (or as we like to address them, young Artists) together, albeit virtually, to feel seen and to share their colors and ideas.

This community project has met its goal to provide Art exploration to middle school students in six of our Fall River District schools. Fifteen Artists from Henry Lord Community, Mary L. Fonseca Elementary, Samuel Watson Elementary, John J. Doran Elementary, Talbot Innovation, and the Alfred S. Letourneau Schools, were invited to commit to pause during this Pandemic, take time to reflect on their feelings, get inspiration from the great masters of Art before them, and learn new techniques (using an Art kit filled with materials and possibilities).

So many of the young Artists we encountered expressed timid feelings of anxiety and stress…so many were empowered to express themselves in a safe environment…since actually they were creating their Art while being in their home…so many learned to critique each other with kindness and consideration…so many were sad the program ended…as were the three Artists who shared their passion for Art, color and the young Artists they hoped to inspire…

The unique pieces created as a result, stem from the promptings of Ana Arsenio, Jennifer Gelinas and Marianne Le Guyader, local artists who shared their Art, encouraging participants to “Listen to Your ART!”

“Listen to Your ART was made possible by the generosity of the United Way of Greater Fall River,Community Foundation of Southeastern MA, and United Neighbors of Fall River. Special Thanks to the Narrows Center for the Arts. “