Showcasing the artwork and community spirit of Washington, DC students, Expressions 2006 revealed the energy, talent, and creativity of the more than 200 young people involved in the award-winning Corcoran ArtReach program. Corcoran ArtReach provides free visual arts and design education to DC youth through two component programs: Community Studios and Apprenticeship. Featured student work from both of these components were on view at the Corcoran from May 31 through June 18, 2006.
“Corcoran ArtReach continues to have a tremendously positive impact on children in the greater Washington area. This celebrated exhibition showcases a vibrant display of student work and exemplifies a truly unique dialogue between The Corcoran and it’s surrounding community,” comments Laura Pasquini, Program Director for Corcoran ArtReach. “Each year, we are more and more inspired by the collaborative efforts of this program.”
Expressions 2006 featured approximately 50 works by Corcoran ArtReach students who created imaginative works inspired by visits to Corcoran exhibitions, including Warhol Legacy: Selections from The Andy Warhol Museum; Sam Gilliam: a retrospective; and Robert Bechtle: A Retrospective. The students explored such themes as family and community while celebrating the value of identity and individuality. Their artworks, which included silkscreen portraits, photography, creative writing, and a video installation, represent the creativity and diversity of our community.
This year’s exhibition also included a portion of the large-scale mosaic mural installed on and near the reconstructed Nannie Helen Burroughs Bridge in Southeast DC, a project developed through a first-ever partnership with the Corcoran’s Apprenticeship program and the DC Department of Transportation. The show presented models and drawings done by students.
ABOUT CORCORAN ARTREACH
Since its inception in 1992, Corcoran ArtReach has served thousands of students. Each year, the program extends the resources of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design to young people throughout Washington, DC, through two components: ArtReach Community Studios and ArtReach Apprenticeship. The Community Studios program provides free after-school studio art and creative writing instruction for DC students. All classes take place in partnership with five local community centers: Asian American LEAD, CentroNia, the Latin American Youth Center Art and Media House, The Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts and The Town Hall Education Arts and Recreation Campus (THEARC). ArtReach Apprenticeship offers students the chance to apprentice with professional artists, acquire advanced art skills, earn a stipend, and explore careers in public art and urban design. Over the course of the past two years, Apprenticeship students have planned, designed, and created artworks to be installed on and near the Nannie Helen Burroughs Bridge by the DC Department of Transportation. The public art project located near the entrance to Kenilworth Park and Aquatic Gardens in Southeast DC will contribute to efforts already underway to revive this section of the Watts Branch corridor, the longest municipal park in DC.
Corcoran ArtReach has won national recognition for its work with young people in DC and has received awards from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities, the National Endowment for the Arts, and The National Multicultural Institute.