Concord Friends Youth Mentoring program celebrates artwork

  • Biswas Darji (mentee), Mary McIntyre (mentor), Suvana Rai (mentee), Dylan Donachie (mentee), Josh Blanchard (former mentee), Salina Budathoki (mentee), Pasi Nsabiye (mentee), Marcy Shepker (artist) and Edison Nsabiye (mentee) brainstorm during the tapestry project.

  • Mentee Amber Robie with her mentor, Deb Kolling, securing glass pieces during the mosaic project.

Published: 11/27/2018 12:55:45 PM

The Youth Mentoring Program is celebrating the culmination of two artist residencies.

Enthusiastic children ages 6 to 17, dedicated volunteer mentors and supportive staff members, created these pieces under the tutelage and inspiration of two well-established, talented, professional New Hampshire artists: Lizz Van Saun and Marcy Schepker. An opening for participating artists will occur tonight, Nov. 27, from 5 to 7 the Friends Program.

Lizz worked with the program to make a beautiful glass mosaic piece, “Hope,” and Marcy worked with us to create a vibrant needle felted wool tapestry piece, “The Human Spirit.” Both pieces are now on display in the main lobby of the Friends Program offices for all to see and enjoy.

Both have received many compliments to date from visitors to the agency. There is a third piece created by the children that will be gifted to the Friends Program Emergency Housing Shelter, “Fun Day.”

“The children who exercised their creativity with these projects, thoroughly enjoyed the experience, as they built self-esteem, exercised teamwork, developed new hands-on skills, and gained cultural perspectives. These were great chances for constructive self-expression. These artists are superb teachers and the children were exceptionally responsive,” Youth Mentoring Program Director Terri A. Smith, said.

The projects were generously sponsored by the Rite Aid Foundation.

For more information about the arts opening, contact Smith at 228-7610. To learn more about program, visit friendsprogram.org. The Youth Mentoring Program promotes healthy one-on-one relationships where children in need can benefit from quality time with screened and trained volunteer mentors.




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