ArtWorks – CAL’s immersive apprentice program – kicks off its 13th summer session as 100 new student apprentices begin their training in one of eight arts-based co-ops. This summer’s art forms include: comic book creation, dance, game design, film making, performance poetry, photography, recording arts, and visual arts.
In addition to developing artistic expertise and building a sense of community-focused engagement, each Tuesday the ArtWorks apprentices will participate in professional development that introduces a wide range of career and life skills. Highlights of the upcoming guest speaker workshops include Bank of America representatives who will provide coaching on personal banking and financial literacy and Thomas Fox of Creative Mornings Cleveland who will share insights on marketing. The students will also attend the Cleveland Arts Prize Awards on June 29, held at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Over the course of the 5-week program, the paid apprentices work Monday through Friday from 9:30am to 3:30pm. Participating students are from 28 schools throughout Northeast Ohio, including 11 in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District; 46% of students are Cleveland residents and 36% live in the inner ring suburbs; and students range from grades 9 – 12, with 80% in their sophomore or junior year.
The program culminates with ArtWorks Live, a showcase event featuring performances and a gallery of student art. The showcase will take place on July 25 at 6pm at the Cuyahoga Community College Metro Campus. ArtWorks Live is free and open to the public.