“This Fellowship not only challenged me as an artist, but it also showed me the great community of artists at the Goggleworks. I enjoyed learning more about art alongside them.” – Carmen Popovici
The Student Ambassador Fellowship is a program designed for area high school students interested in pursuing higher education and/or professional careers in the visual arts. For 10-weeks, the Fellows were paired with a mentor from among the professional artist-instructors working at GoggleWorks. The Fellows are giving mentor guidance, including studio instruction, project guidance, and material research, each Fellow will develop their artistic skills and working knowledge of processes and materials within the medium of their choice. There is no cost to this program and it is an enlightening experience for these young people.
This program serves as a way for young people to gain insight into the world of arts with an honest perspective. Mentorship is extremely crucial in the creative world, and we go into this world without knowing too much. The GoggleWorks is providing a space for the Fellows to know what different processes are like and learn how to navigate through this world. This program gives these students a new perspective and will ultimately lead them into a new world. “Through these past two months, I met some awesome individuals with a great passion for art. They taught me how art is limitless and does not have to be perfect,” Fellow Mackenzie Sheidy reflects and is ready to showcase her work.
On Friday, August 10, 2018, GoggleWorks will be hosting a showcase to show off what the Fellows have been working on all summer. This will also be the same night as Unconstrained Craft: A Symposium on Artist Residencies and Gallery Talks with our artists-in-residence.
The evening is free and open to the public, with complimentary light refreshments provided by Belly Kitchen & Drinkery, and a cash bar. Located on 201 Washington Street, Reading, PA 19601, GoggleWorks has free, onsite parking and is open 9am-9pm daily. More information can be found at goggleworks.org or by calling 610.374.4600.