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Studio Y, an afterschool arts program, was held three hours a day, five days a week during the school year. Program activities focused on instruction in drawing, painting, ceramics, graphic arts, and photography. Students had an opportunity to showcase their work and receive feedback from art professionals and community leaders at exhibits, fairs, and in the local media. Studio Y offered two specific vehicles to foster leadership skills. First, Studio Y program participants were responsible for managing their own environment and program through a Planning Council. The Planning Council met bi-weekly to develop program ideas, plan fairs and exhibits, maintain the studio space, and establish a behavioral code for the studio. An Arts Mentoring Program matched older teens with younger participants. As participants progressed through the program, they used their skills to mentor younger participants.


Students were able to exhibit their work at First Night, Fall River Earth Day Festival, the Heritage Park Family Festival, and at Durfee High School. Local artists, community leaders, and teachers visited the exhibits and students received public recognition. As a result of the program, there was a growth of interest and activity in the visual arts by community youth and increases in art skills, self-esteem, and in incidents of positive non-verbal expression.

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Carol H. Measom, Development Director
Studio Y
199 North Main Street
Fall River, MA 02720
Phone: 508.675.7841

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