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ERIC Number: EJ907612
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0148-432X
An Artful Summer: A Job Program Inspires Creativity and Teaches Responsibility
Dubin, Jennifer
American Educator, v34 n3 p18-23 Fall 2010
Just as the economic downturn and narrowing of the curriculum have prompted school districts to cut art classes, a nonprofit organization in Baltimore gives disadvantaged youth the opportunity to create art, earn a stipend, and learn valuable job skills. Each summer, Art with a Heart hires about 40 young people to make marketable art--tables and chairs, jewelry, and lamps, among other pieces--which they then sell at Artscape, an annual summer arts festival in Baltimore. The author discusses Art with a Heart's Summer Job Program in Baltimore which inspires creativity and teaches responsibility. Art with a Heart uses art as a vehicle to teach job skills to students, many of whom have never filled out a job application or looked an interviewer in the eye. The program also allows teens to express themselves through visual art, an opportunity they may not get during the school year.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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