West Valley, AZ (May 26, 2020) – West Valley Arts’ (WVA) summer art program for students, Gallery 37, goes virtual for the first time in 20 years of the program! Each summer, West Valley Arts recruits high school students to work with a professional artist and a West Valley city to create a beautiful piece of public art. In partnership with Estrella Mountain Community College (EMCC), students receive FREE college credits and career counseling! The mission of this program is to foster creative collaboration while providing vital job skills to further students’ interest in arts education.
Rather than canceling this amazing program, West Valley Arts has decided that a virtual learning platform would inspire creativity and unique opportunities while still maintaining the safety of our students. Students will be able to video chat, share ideas, and work in groups via an online EMCC student portal. Additionally, they will be able to share in collaborative hands-on work through a system of pick up and drop offs!
This year’s project will be installed in Festival Fields Park in Avondale. The design process from concept to art installation is all student-led with the guidance of professional artist, Ryan Williams, and key stakeholders.
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