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FAU Presents Exhibition of Photography by Children in Palm Beach County Boys and Girls Clubs
BOCA RATON, FL (March 24, 2010) – The University Galleries in Florida Atlantic University’s Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters is collaborating with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County to present an exhibition featuring photography by children from 13 clubs in the county. The exhibition will open on Friday, March 26 with a reception from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space, Performing Arts Building, FAU Boca Raton campus. The exhibit will remain open through Saturday, April 3, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The exhibition and opening reception are free and open to the public.
Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County club members, from the ages of eight through 17, learn photography skills and take photographs during scheduled club field trips within the community. This annual photography exhibition is part of the organization’s participation in a national photography competition.
“Photography helps build confidence as the children discover their hidden artistic skills,” said Dennis Young, director of computer education for the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County and director of the photography competition. “Many of the participants have never touched a camera before. In the five years we have been providing the program, the young photographers get better and more creative. The photos are truly amazing.”
FAU’s participation is through 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 29, 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 photo exhibition and then be lead on interactive tours of two current University Galleries exhibitions: “Curiosities: Rick Valicenti and The 21 st Century Thirst,” featuring the work of Chicago-based graphic artist Rick Valicenti; and the “Annual Juried Student Exhibition,” a show that features FAU student works that were chosen in a competition judged by Carnegie Mellon University Art Professor Patricia Bellan-Gillen.
The University Galleries exhibitions are free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 1 to 5 p.m. Classes and groups are welcome during public hours, as well as other hours by appointment. For more information, call 561-297-2966.
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About Palm Beach County Boys and Girls Clubs:
More than 7,500 children participate in the Palm Beach County Boys and Girls Clubs. The organization is the county’s largest not-for-profit youth development program dedicated to serving youth from six to 17 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.
About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. 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: College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the College of Business, the College of Education, the College of Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Graduate College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. For more information, visit www.fau.edu .