The Friends Youth Mentoring Program celebrated the culmination of two artist residencies generously sponsored by the Rite Aid Foundation.
Enthusiastic children ages 6-17, dedicated volunteer mentors, and supportive staff members, created pieces of art under the tutelage and inspiration of two well-established, talented, professional New Hampshire artists: Lizz Van Saun and Marcy Schepker. An opening (pictured above) for participating artists was held on November 27th at the Friends Program office.
Lizz worked with the program to make a beautiful glass mosaic piece entitled Hope and Marcy worked with us to create a vibrant needle felted wool tapestry piece entitled The Human Spirit. Both pieces are now on display in the main lobby of the Friends Program office for all to see and enjoy. Both have received many compliments to date from visitors to the agency. A third piece (pictured below) created by the children will be gifted to the Friends Emergency Housing Program shelter residence for homeless families, entitled, Fun Day.
Youth Mentoring Program Director, Terri A. Smith, stated, “The children who exercised their creativity with these projects, thoroughly enjoyed the experience, as they built self-esteem, exercised teamwork, developed new hands-on skills, and gained cultural perspectives. These were great chances for constructive self-expression. These artists are superb teachers and the children were exceptionally responsive.”