Arts Unite Us!

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This year, Youth in Arts has worked diligently to build bridges between students in Special Day Classes and their mainstream peirs through the arts.  Through our program “Arts Unite Us”, we have provided oportunities for students of differed abilities to come together.

Julie speaking to MYC students about making the mural.

One of the many Arts Unite Us culminating events was held at The MYC in downtown San Rafael.  Work was presented by students from two Special Day Classes (SDCs) and MYC students of the Intell Clubhouse. The MYC Culinary Arts Program provided the crowd with delicious appetizers and drinks.  Youth in Arts hosted a short program of student presenters.
Grant Grover’s SDC classes from the College of Marin presented their community mural created under the guidance of YIA Mentor Artist Laurie Marshall.  This mural will be mounted on campus at the College of Marin, where it will remind students that “We are all different and we must take care of the Earth!”.

VSA Grant Grover Mural

Students from The MYC’s Intell Clubhouse presented digital media work including Public Service Announcements, digital photography and robotics.  One student spoke about his experience and why he felt it was important to create the work.
Terra Linda’s SDC class taught by Rachel Hughes presented an ASL infused Latin dance choreographed by YIA Mentor Artist Nydia Gonzalez.  The theme of the song was to open your eyes, keep your head up, and enjoy the beautiful things in life!  All students, teachers and family members present joined in the dance!
The event culminated in a fabulous performance by Youth in Arts award winning teen a cappella group ‘Til Dawn.  Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to seeing you at the next event!


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