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Abramson: Youth Art Program Helps Teens Metro Government’s Studio2000 Art Sale

Wednesday July 20, 2005

Mayor Jerry Abramson today touted the success of Metro Government’s Studio2000 youth-art program and previewed its annual sale to generate funding for the initiative.

More than 500 pieces of artwork created by Studio2000 students will be on display tomorrow afternoon at the Kentucky Center. The items include one-of-a-kind mosaics, original oil paintings and hand-made tapestries. Pieces are priced for sale or available through silent auction. Prices range from $10 to $300. Proceeds from sales benefit Studio2000 and are reinvested in artistic and educational materials.

The silent auction opens at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 21 and closes at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, July 22. Tagged items will go on sale at 6 p.m. on Friday. Gift certificates may be purchased for use throughout the year at the studio located at 524 East Kentucky Street.

“Not only do our students learn to be better potters and painters, they learn to be better people,” said Abramson. “Studio2000 provides young people who have passion and talent a positive outlet for their creativity.”

The Office of Youth Development created Studio2000 almost five years ago to connect teens that had a passion for art with professional artists. The initiative is modeled after a similar program in Chicago. Since its inception, Studio2000 teachers have provided artistic and career direction to more than 230 high school students.

Program directors choose teens from every Louisville public, private and parochial school. “Our teenagers have a chance to learn from experts and learn about each other,” said Studio2000 director Bob Markert. “They also learn valuable lessons about time management, problem solving and teamwork. This makes them more attractive to future employers.”

Studio2000 students receive weekly paychecks for their participation in the program. Teenagers have received direction from world-renowned artists like Louisville’s own, Ed Hamilton. Studio2000 graduates now attend some of the most prestigious art schools in the country including: the Chicago Art Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design, Purdue University, Columbus College of Art and Design, and the Maryland Institute College of Art and Design.

For more information about joining Studio2000 or the art sale, contact Bob Markert at 574-1365.