Forward Thinking Initiatives (FTI), a Tampa Bay nonprofit that teaches entrepreneurship, and creative thinking to teens, is partnering with Boys Preparatory Academy, Greco Middle School, Hillel Academy of Tampa and USF’s School of Art and Art History, to create a unique art show that is open to the public.
The reception and show will be held Friday, December 15th in the Carolyn M. Wilson Gallery on the USF campus (next to the Contemporary Art Museum) 13001 USF S. Laurel Drive.
The reception is from 5:30-7:00 PM. Free parking has been arranged in Lot 3. This event is free and open to the public.
Young people experience the same social issues as adults but may see them from a different perspective. Artists frequently bring these issues to the attention of the public in an attempt to foster thoughtful resolution. This social commentary project grew out of a 2010 workshop that was organized by Bob Barancik, a Saint Petersburg artist. The Art Not Hate workshop helped FTI to begin the dialogue with students around Tampa Bay.
FTI’s interns from the USF School of Art and Art History have been working with these students to develop their concepts, art work and artist statements. Celeste Newcomb, one of the USF interns, remarked, “The students I have worked with over the past few months have shocked me with their maturity and knowledge of the world around them. These young people carry with them a drive to create art and a voice for bettering our world.” The USF students are part of Forward Thinking Initiatives’ Art-repreneurship program.
For more information or to RSVP you may contact Debra Campbell at Campbell@forwardthinkinginitiatives.com or 813 760-7860.