The West Park Teen Job Club visited the Art Craft Building downtown on Superior Avenue, a former garment factory that now that houses a wide variety of artists for studio space. Members of the Job Club were able to do a hands-on art project with clay and learn about the life of a professional artist.
Mark Yasenchack, an independent artist and also an instructor with Art House, Inc and the Center for Arts Inspired Learning (CAIL), has had studio space for 20 years at the Art Craft building. The group of six youth reached the 6th floor arriving by a freight elevator and met Mark where he introduced them to the collective studio space. Job Club members met other artists from Images in Bloom who do silk painting and one artist described the various ingredients of his homemade soap.
Mark showed them how to make clay pen covers and holiday ornaments and they were able to bring their work home.
Mark encouraged the group to spend time doing what they enjoy, to relax during job interviews, and also said an important job skill to have as an artist it is important to “be organized” in everything from taking care of inventory to managing contacts for various art shows and even doing taxes.
Teens are hard at work planning the Summer Job Jumpstart, a job fair and job training bonanza at Gunning Recreation Center April 9th. Registration is required. Get more info here: http://bpdc.org/programs/mycom-youth-matters/upcoming-youth-workshops-programs-or-events/youth-employment-training/