Carol Grillo Gallery
Express Yourself: VIVA
October 30 - January 6
Reception: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Free and open to the public.
The Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts at Endicott College is pleased to announce the exhibit EXPRESS YOURSELF: VIVA beginning October 30, 2013 and running through January 6, 2014. The reception for this exhibit will take place on Tuesday, November 5 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Please join us as we celebrate the artwork by the Express Yourself youth, a performance with Express Yourself drummers and music by Stan Strickland and guest musicians. The gallery exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
Express Yourself, a Beverly-based arts and education organization, immerses young people in the creative world of music, dance, and visual arts and empowers these youth with life changing results. Since 1989, over 2,600 underserved youth in the community and young people in Department of Mental Health facilities have worked collaboratively with artists and celebrities, spending a full year creating set designs, visual art, and performance pieces for their grand celebration and exhibition. These artistic creations make up the VIVA exhibit and reflect the year long process by the 600 youth. The artworks were part of the set design and backdrop for the culminating, grand performance at the Citi Performing Arts Center- Wang Theater last May which featured 150 youth and celebrity artists. Included in this exhibit are New Orleans Jazz Portraits created by youth under the direction of Carla Hollett-Winthrop, which will be auctioned off to support the non-profit organization. These special portraits were a part of our Red Hot and Blue performance at the Citi Wang Theater.
Express Yourself, has won numerous awards and recognitions for their work with young people. In June 2012, Express Yourself received the Robert F. Kennedy Award at the Kennedy Center in Boston. Most notably, they were a recipient of the 2009 Coming Up Taller Award, presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. The Coming Up Taller Awards recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people and provide them learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities. Express Yourself was one of only 15 organizations nationally and internationally to win the award in 2009. Express Yourself drummers were the only youth chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. before noted celebrities including Kal Penn, Edward Norton, Alfre Woodard, and George C. Wolfe.
Endicott College is a collaborator and supporter of Express Yourself. The Co-Directors, Stan Strickland and Paula Conrad, are instructors in Endicott’s Master of Education in Arts and Learning degree program, and they have provided visiting artist lectures and performances for the Endicott community and the School of Visual and Performing Arts. The Creative Arts Therapy Students at Endicott will work on a special project with the artists and youth of Express Yourself for the 20th celebration performance, on May 22nd 2014.
The Express Yourself Artists include: Barbara Keiter, Head Visual Artist, Kristi Jeffers, Program Manager, Molly Blumberg, Everardo Garcia, Shawn Paul Filtranti, Neil Wilkins, Joh Camara, Miles Herter, Carla Hollett-Winthrop, Morgan O’Donnell-Curry, Rachel Marcorelle (Endicott intern), and Kara Fili (Endicott alumni).
The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public, and has been made possible with support from the Bruce T. Halle Family Foundation.
For more information on the Express Yourself: VIVA exhibit and reception, and gallery hours please contact Kathleen J. Moore, 978-232-2655 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Our website is: www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts For more information about Express Yourself please contact Director Paula Conrad 978-852-7947 or email@example.com