Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery presents “Lost and Found” a community outreach art exhibition

Mount San Jacinto College (MSJC) Art Gallery is hosting a new show, “Lost and Found,” beginning Thursday, September 4. The A.R.T.E.R.Y. – art recognition transition education reciprocating youth – youth will showcase its artwork between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery through Thursday, October 9.

The exhibit will open with a public reception on Thursday, September 4 from 4 to 8 p.m. The exhibition is made possible by the cooperative efforts of the Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery, California Family Life Center (CFLC) and its affiliates in Hemet, Rubidoux, and Lake Elsinore.

The primary goal of A.R.T.E.R.Y. is to provide at-risk youth opportunities for safe and positive self-expression in the visual and language arts. The letter T, representing transition, is one of the key components of the program. This component provides a smooth or less intimidating transition into higher education for CFLC students and is supported through the collaborative outreach between California Family Life Center, Mt. San Jacinto College’s Art Gallery and Art department.

Due to this important collaborative outreach, incoming at-risk youth have continued higher academic transitioning through art and their voices for more than eight years. Annual art themes are centralized on the importance of youth voices, issues and CFLC strategic planning outcomes.

The exhibition is a culmination of youth artwork and community service from CFLC’s Empower Youth Center Hemet, Planet Youth Elsinore, and the Youth Opportunity Center Rubidoux.

The sculpture exhibit reflects the lost and found stages of CFLC’s at risk youth and the mentors who have helped them navigate through life. The art concept and introspective stories are based on Homer’s “Odyssey,” and “Book II of The Odyssey.”

An important component of the exhibit is the interactive portion where visitors are invited to remove and red the introspective stories written by the youth artists. The stories can be found within envelope sculptures throughout the exhibit.

The exhibition reflects the three phases of the A.R.T.E.R.Y. program, community service, individual interpretive artwork and the collaborative mentor project.

The exhibition is free to the public. The Gallery, open Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. is located on the San Jacinto Campus of MSJC located at 1499 State Street in San Jacinto.

For more information about the exhibit contact Joe Posadas at (951) 487-3585 or send an email to [email protected]

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