Connecting Youth Mentoring program creates folk art for Town Offices

The murals created by the SCS Connecting Youth Mentoring Program hang in Ann Janda’s office at the Town . Photo by Boston Neary

On Thursday, April 6, a new art installation was unveiled in Town Administrator Ann Janda’s office on the second floor of the Town Office Building.

Students in the Shelburne Community School’s Connecting Youth Mentoring program created the artwork. Under the guidance of SCS CY mentor and artist Elizabeth Archangeli, each mentor-mentee pair was provided with an 18-inch square of canvas. Pairs were instructed to research and create folk art. As the exhibit shows, there are many different interpretations of these instructions.

These colorful squares join panels of art that were installed a year ago in Joe Colangelo’s office. Those four panels each represent a season in Shelburne, and were also created by students in the SCS CY Mentoring program with Archangeli.

The SCS CY Mentoring program matches adult community volunteers with children in fifth to eighth grades who benefit from having an additional strong adult in their lives. Pairs meet for 45 minutes each week at the school, during the school day. We are actively recruiting new mentors now for fall 2017. Anyone who is interested in learning more about this program should please contact SCS CY Mentor coordinator Alice Brown, abrown@cssu.org.

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