Fitchburg Cultural Alliance HIGH SCHOOL PORTFOLIO PROGRAM
(TO BE ANNOUNCED)
Thanks to a grant from the Fitchburg Cultural Council and a matching grant from the Fitchburg Cultural Alliance, students in grades 10, 11, and 12 at the Sizer High School in Fitchburg embarked on an artistic journey with artist-entrepreneur Jerry Beck, owner and founder of The Revolving Museum.
The Portfolio Program that took place at Sizer from June 8 through June 16, provided students with the artistic, social, marketing, and technical skills as well as the leadership skills to be a working artist in today’s society. Student’s in C.M. Judge art classes attended a series of after school classes to create a two dimensional individual portfolio, and a team portfolio of public art sculptures which culminated in a full day public art festival, Friday June 16 at the school for fellow students, teachers and families to view.
As a result of participating, students gained the ability to analyze their own strengths/weaknesses and the confidence, motivation, and abilities to carry them out. Best of all, students experienced first-hand the role of the artist in the community by participating in community life, and to effect positive social change.
Students became aware that the transformational power of art and art making can nourish and sustain us intellectually, culturally, socially, and economically. They also were informed about The Revolving Museum’s philosophy that creates opportunities for both artists and students alike, typically isolated from or undervalued by their community, to share their vision with others. Furthermore, the school-wide and public recognition (newspaper article about their public artwork) empowers their creative vision and serves as a model for personal empowerment and community engagement. As a result, the project cultivated the confidence that they can become community leaders.
The student artworks created in this program will be placed on the Revolving Museum EVOLVE WITH US ART MOBILE that will travel throughout the region beginning in August. Students from the Sizer are working with Jerry Beck and The Revolving Museum this summer to make a gallery space on the back of the Art-Mobile of their classes painting on traffic signs.