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New artists academy debuts at Kimball

Dale Thompson, Of the Record staff

The Kimball Art Center wants to help sculpt the careers of teenage artists.

The Kimball Young Artists Academy, a free program for students in Summit and Wasatch County who are 13-18 years old, is debuting this year.

Education Director Annie Kennedy said she discovered art as a teenager and would like to give young aspiring artists the kind of resources she would have liked at that age. This is what led her to the idea of forming the academy.

"I wish that I would have had a little more access to information about pursuing the arts past high school," Kennedy said.

Another influence was the Wasatch Back Art Show hosted by the Kimball Art Center earlier this year. It highlighted the work of students from around the area. Kennedy said it was near that time she began thinking about ways to nurture students who are interested in pursuing art beyond high school.

Kennedy added Kimball Art Center Director Pam Crowe-Weisberg is very supportive of arts education and was enthusiastic about making the academy possible.

The Kimball Young Artists Academy will help students with their art portfolio and familiarize them with career options that might not be on their radar. Kennedy said that includes a number of creative and lucrative jobs including graphic design and video game design.

"I’m hoping that it will help them to build connections with each other and become familiar with the options that are out there," Kennedy said.

She plans to cover everything from art history to basic drawing but much of what will be covered depends on the needs of the students.

"It depends on what the kids are interested in. I really want it to be something that helps each of them," she said.

Some activities include meeting local artists and representatives from schools who can offer advice on student portfolios. Kennedy will also cover professional practices such as putting together a resume and taking pictures to have slides capturing work.

Students are asked to commit to meeting once a week for two hours. Applicants should also have a strong desire to pursue art for a living.

"I would like them to have some previous experience in art, and a particular interest and focus in the arts," Kennedy said.

The academy will hopefully give the young artists a place to go where their pursuits are encouraged and valued, Kennedy added.

Academy applications can be found online at http://www.kimball-art.org and are due by Sept. 30. Mailed applications must be post marked on or before Sept. 27.


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