Contribution Will Help Inspire 500 Children to Create Art During Summer Camps Throughout New York City
June 25, 2018, New York, NY — Studio in a School announced today that Liquitex, one of the world’s leading acrylic artist paint brands, has donated paint, mediums, and brushes for their Teen Apprenticeship Program. Thanks to Liquitex’s generous donation, Studio in a School can now bring acrylic painting to art programs in more than 25 summer camps throughout New York City, serving a total of 500 children.
“Our Teen Apprenticeship Program (TAP) creates opportunities for talented high schoolers to experience intensive studies in art-making craft and technique,” said Thomas Cahill, President and CEO of the Studio Institute, which oversees the program. “At the same time, TAP instills good work habits and promotes the value of giving back, as these teens teach art to younger children as summer camp counselors. This generous donation of quality art supplies from Liquitex will have a ripple effect across the city, touching hundreds of young New Yorkers connected by the exploration and enjoyment of making art.”
The Teen Apprenticeship Program is a cornerstone of Studio in a School’s commitment to serving youth. Each year, students between the ages of 16 and 18 are offered an opportunity to obtain a paid summer job teaching art. Throughout the spring, students selected for this program gain experience in the fundamentals of art, learn how to instruct young children in basic art lessons, explore expectations in the workplace, and develop good work habits. Successful completion of the spring apprenticeship leads to paid summer employment as an art instructor in a summer camp. This year alone, Studio in a School has helped 60 students from 13 high schools prepare to teach art to younger children. “Studio in a School does a wonderful job of igniting the creative spark in some of New York City’s most underserved youth,” said Kim Stylides, Liquitex Brand Director. “Liquitex is delighted to embark on this relationship with Studio in a School. It is an exciting opportunity that will introduce so many young artists to acrylic painting.”