For Immediate Release
April 18, 2023
Press Contact: Catherine McIntosh
909 626-1386, cell 713 829-9338
Project ARTstART will host a Youth Arts Festival on Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Claremont Lewis Museum of Art. This free family event will feature interactive art workshops, the annual StART It Up! exhibition of elementary student art projects, as well as a display of work from Claremont High School’s IB Studio Art class.
ARTStation will offer interactive art workshops led by CLMA’s talented ARTstARTers sponsored by Tim Harrison of Cornerstone Home Lending and Wheeler Steffen Sotheby’s International Realty. ARTStation can also be found at the Museum on the first Sunday of every month.
StART It Up!, an exhibition curated and installed by the high school students of Project ARTstART, will include art projects from units presented to 4-6th grade classes at Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner/Danbury, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools. Dozens of works on paper, collage, sculptures, and paintings will be on display.
Anthem of the Teenage Artist will showcase selected works from members of Claremont High School’s IB Studio Art class, taught by Missy Wonacott.
The event is the culmination of the Claremont Lewis Museum of Art’s signature art education program, Project ARTstART, now celebrating its twelfth year. The museum is located in the historic Claremont Depot at 200 W. First Street near the Metrolink Station. Learn more about the Youth Arts Festival at clmoa.org/youth-arts-fest.
MORE ABOUT PROJECT ARTstART
Project ARTstART, a Claremont Lewis Museum of Art education program under the direction of Rich Deely, trains high school students, working with college mentors, to provide exhibit-based art lessons for elementary school students. The program brings high-quality, art appreciation classes and art making activities to the Claremont school system to inspire, promote understanding of art and highlight Claremont’s rich artistic history.
ARTstART’s roster now totals over seventy Claremont High School students and five Project Assistant interns who enable ARTstART to serve all 4-6th grade classes at Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner/Danbury, Sycamore and Vista del Valle elementary schools with student-planned and presented arts appreciation activities and field trips. In addition, ARTstARTers serve approximately 125 students a month with our AfterARTs Series of art-making workshops for students enrolled in CUSD Aftercare. Hundreds more children are served by ARTStation at community festivals and free Family Day workshops, which are offered at the Museum on the first Sunday of every month.
Project ARTstART is produced solely by the Claremont Lewis Museum of Art in partnership with the Claremont Unified School District (CUSD) and provides programming for students from eight participating schools: Chaparral, Condit, Mountain View, Oakmont, Sumner/Danbury, Sycamore, and Vista del Valle elementary schools, along with Claremont High School.
The program is funded by generous donations from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Department of Arts and Culture; Ruth & Joseph C. Reed Foundation for the Arts; Claremont Kiwanis; Scripps Fine Arts Foundation; Claremont Rotary; as well as CLMA board members and many dedicated community donors. Partner programming provided by American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA); Benton Museum of Art at Pomona College; Claremont Heritage; Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College; The Susan Sontag Center for Creative Collaboration, Pomona College; Studio Art Department, Pomona College. For more information on Project ARTstART, go to https://clmoa.org/education-programs/artstart