Clayton County’s Teen Arts Intensive program gives kids a summer boost – CBS Atlanta

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. (CW69 News at 10) – Summer is a time of fun, sunshine and an intensive teen arts program at Arts Clayton Gallery.

Children between the ages of 13 and 18 receive intense training in the program, which includes hands-on lessons in visual arts, music, drama, creative writing and filmmaking.

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“This is all just intense training in this specific genre over four weeks culminating in a final production, exhibition and film screening,” said Arts Clayton executive director Brian Hebert.

A 17-year-old homeschooled student who goes by Miss Ji is an artist and entrepreneur. She wears a mask to hide her identity until she reveals an artist, but she wants to do a few more paintings first. She says this program is exactly what she needs to pursue her passion.

“I use artwork to attack mental illness and mental disorders that people are unaware of,” Ms. Ji said. “I came out of my mother’s womb with a brush in my hand. I’ve been an artist all my life.”

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The program is a new version of the one Hebert directed at the Southwest Arts Center for 17 years. “This is our pilot. We just wanted to attract and help as many teenagers in the arts as possible,” he said.

It is also an indispensable outlet for teenagers. “They need something rather than being on the streets, rather than having too much free time, they go into their craft and learn,” Hebert said, sharing how art enriches the community.

“The arts saved my life, so if we can help save lives with art, hey, we want to do our part with that,” Hebert said.

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The Teen Arts Intensive is still accepting students, but this year’s program ends July 29, 2022. For more information, click here.

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