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FAU Exhibition Features Photography by Members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County


BOCA RATON (February 24, 2011) - The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters are collaborating with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County to present an exhibition featuring photography by children from seven Boys and Girls Clubs in Palm Beach County. Their will be an opening for the exhibition on Friday, March 11 from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Ritter Art Gallery on the Boca Raton campus of FAU, 777 Glades Road. The exhibition will then be on view on Saturday, March 12 from 1 to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, March 15 from 1 to 4 p.m.The exhibition and the opening reception are free and open to the public.

Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County club members learn photography skills and take photographs during scheduled club field trips within the community. This annual Boys & Girls Club photography exhibition is part of the organization’s participation in a national photography competition. More than 160 members of the club participated in the competition, taking more than 30,000 photographs.

“Photography gives our members a chance to express themselves and realize that they can have fun and learn a professional skill,” said Dennis Young, director of computer education at the Palm Beach County Boys and Girls Club and director of the photography competition. “By allowing them freedom to convey their thoughts and feelings, we see our members thinking ‘Outside the Box.’ This is the sixth year that I have been a part of this program, and I believe we have some very talented members.”

More than 7,500 children participate in the Boys and Girls Clubs programs at one of 13 clubhouses throughout Palm Beach County. The Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County is the county’s largest not-for-profit youth development organization dedicated to serving youths from 6 to 18 years of age, particularly those from disadvantaged circumstances.  The clubs emphasize educational, vocational, social, recreational, health, leadership, and character building skills in a positive and safe atmosphere.  Through quality programs, the club experience provides children with the guidance they need to make a healthy transition from childhood to young adulthood.

The project is being hosted at FAU by the University Galleries’ museum education program, a program that engages FAU art students in providing art education services through interactive tours of exhibitions and providing studio art experiences for school-aged children. During the week of March 14, the museum education program will be hosting tour groups from several of the Palm Beach County Boys and Girls Clubs. The children will see the Boys and Girls Club’s Photo Exhibition, and then they will participate in interactive tours of the current University Galleries exhibition: southXeast, featuring the works of several contemporary artists from the southeastern region of the United States. The children will also participate in other arts-related activities on the FAU campus.

The University Galleries are free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday, from 1 to 4 p.m., and Saturdays, from 1 to 5 p.m. Classes and groups are welcome during public hours as well as other hours by appointment.

The Ritter Art Gallery is located immediately west of the S.E. Wimberly Library on the second floor of the breezeway on FAU’s Boca Raton campus. The University Galleries’ programs are made possible in part by a grant from the Palm Beach County Cultural Council. Museum education programs are made possible in part by the R.A. Ritter Foundation, the Sun-Sentinel Children’s Fund, a fund of the McCormick Foundation, and the BankAtlantic Foundation. For further information, call 561-297-2966.

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Florida Atlantic University , established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. In commemoration of the University’s establishment, FAU is celebrating its 50 th anniversary throughout 2011. Today, the University serves more than 28,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit www.fau.edu .

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