St. Petersburg, FL. – The Warehouse Arts District Association (WADA) presents its first effort to expand youth arts education by holding a community discussion, “Art in Midtown – a Conversation,” on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at the historic Dr. Carter G. Woodson Museum at 2240 9th Ave S., St. Petersburg, FL 33712 from 6-7:30pm.
This open invitation is extended to all interested educators, parents and concerned parties. The goal of this discussion is to better understand what educators, parents and community activists see as the best ways to bring additional art programming to Midtown, open a dialogue about art education and its benefit to the youth in the local community — and how the Warehouse Arts District Association can complement existing programs. Discussion will include programming that WADA might be able to provide such as: out-of-school programming, in-school programming, apprenticeships, internships, work study and job shadowing programs. WADA Board member and Chair of the Education Committee, Jeremiah Jacobs commented, “With the purchase of buildings for the Warehouse Arts Enclave, we see a tremendous opportunity to provide a forum to link young people in the community with local artists. The Association is eager to be an active partner in providing enriching programs to the youth in our neighborhood.”
The expert panel will consist of:
• St. Petersburg City Councilman, Steve Kornell,
• Council Vice Chair, Dr. Cody Clark, Guidance Counselor at Gibbs High School,
• Valerie Scott Knaust of the Morean Arts Center for Clay and
• Alexander Harris of Arts Conservatory for Teens.
The program will be moderated by Elizabeth Brincklow from the office of Cultural Affairs for the City of St. Petersburg. Ms. Brincklow stated, “We all know that exposure to art programs can help young people develop critical skills for their future. As an organization comprised of working artists and galleries, the Warehouse Arts District Association has a unique voice to add in the discussion of how to provide relevant art programming that will enhance existing efforts.”
The meeting will begin with an open discussion and ”meet & greet” among the attending community people, the panelists and the WADA Board of Directors. Then, after a brief panel discussion there will be a question & answer session where the attendees can present ideas and questions on the topics discussed during the summit.
About the Warehouse Arts District
The Warehouse Arts District Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit membership organization under the IRS tax code and is registered to solicit contributions in Florida; Registration # CH41540, devoted to: (i) furnishing affordable studio space to artists of every medium; (ii) providing opportunities for interaction between the public and the St. Petersburg community of artists; (iii) promoting cultural growth and diversity of all art forms in St. Pete; and (iv) providing art educational opportunities to the public. Founded in 2012, The Warehouse Arts District Association is comprised of members who are artists, galleries, art suppliers and supporters who believe that the Warehouse Arts District of St. Petersburg can become a special destination for the arts.
Secretary, Warehouse Arts District Association