By Ehren Reed
Outreach Program Manager, Louisville Visual Art
Studio 2000 is a partnership between Louisville Metro Parks and Louisville Visual Art that allows high school students who are interested in pursuing visual art as a career to have the opportunity to work with professional artists in one of four focus areas— clay, fiber, mixed media or the first-ever mural art track! Students are not only provided with high-quality instruction throughout the course, but they also receive a $500 stipend at the end of the eight-week program. Studio 2000 will be offered this summer from June 12 through August 3, 2017 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 pm until 6:00 pm at Shawnee Arts & Cultural Center, 607 South 37th Street.
In 2001, the City of Louisville’s Office of Youth Development created Studio 2000 to connect teens with a passion for art with professional artists. The initiative was modeled after a similar program in Chicago. At its peak Studio 2000 had over 100 students participating each summer, but in 2008 due to budget cuts during the recession the program went dormant, but we are thrilled that it has been revitalized through a new partnership with Louisville Visual Art.
Since its resurrection in 2015, Studio 2000 has seen 40 talented young artists ignite their passions, develop their skills and bring their artwork into the public eye. Working under the guidance of dynamic teaching artists, Studio 2000 apprentice artists create functional and marketable artwork from tableware to jewelry to clothing. The teaching artists work with the students to explore new and unusual techniques, while placing a strong emphasis on craftsmanship, resulting in unique, high-quality artwork.
“Thanks to the Studio 2000 program hundreds of young artists have received exposure and seen their talents nurtured,” Mayor Greg Fischer said. “We appreciate the efforts of these students, teachers, and LVA. I’m looking forward to seeing their work at the sale and show this summer. It’s exciting to see a new generation of professional artists being cultivated.”
Past participants in the program have experienced tremendous growth in their skills and confidence throughout the course of the summer. With field trips to galleries and museums, visits by local guest artists and supportive critiques, this unique program invites students to experience life as a working studio artist while spending the summer with other passionate and creative young people.
Studio 2000 participant Ella Gorstein said “I have learned so much from Studio 2000! Being in this program has been a truly amazing opportunity, something I never would have dreamed I could be a part of. I’ve met other amazing artists, received very helpful critiques, made pieces I’m proud of, and had the most fun summer I’ve ever had. I can’t wait to apply my new skills to school and careers in the future. I’m so glad to have been a part of this great class, and am very grateful to the instructors who made it happen!”
We are so thrilled to welcome another group of exceptional students to the Studio 2000 program this summer! Our teaching artists have innovative projects planned that will stretch and expand our students’ skills and creativity in a way that a traditional classroom rarely does. The program will come together for a public exhibition and sale at the end of the summer that brings proceeds back to Studio 2000 to support future programming.
Students who are interested in participating in Studio 2000 may apply on LVA’s website– the application deadline has been extended until March 24. Students who progress to the next round will be invited for a portfolio review and interview in late March and accepted students will be notified in early April.