Arthur Secunda Museum program funded by grant through Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs; student’s art work on display through June 30, 2016 at museum

HOWELL, Mich. – June 27, 2016 – Paintings and sculptures created by participants of Cleary University’s Arthur’s Artists program are on display until June 30, 2016 in the Richard’s Gallery, Chrysler Hall at the Arthur Secunda Museum. In its second year, Arthur’s Artist is an art training program funded by a grant through Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, administered by The Arts Alliance and run through Cleary’s on-campus museum. Participants in the program are youth who are wards of the state and receive training from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) to transition out of foster care when they reach age 18. Artist Diane Marie Kramer, MFA, provides the art instruction.

“When young people experience adversity to the point of needing to be removed from their parents’ home, their progression into adulthood can be jeopardized,” said Grace Farley, director of Arthur Secunda Museum programming. “The Arthur’s Artist program helps these youth in tangible ways. Diane takes on the role of sage and teacher for these young artists, and she gives them tools to express what they understand of the world. They also learn practical skills such as planning, problem solving, and teamwork.”

Along with Kramer’s art instruction, MDHHS employee Nicola Herman facilitates the youths’ monthly training through Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiatives (MYOI) at Cleary University.  From October 19, 2015 through May 18, 2016, about 15 Arthur’s Artists created paintings and sculptures related to the four seasons. Friends and foster families celebrated the works at a Gala held on June 11, 2016. The work will remain on display at the Arthur Secunda Museum until June 30th.

MYOI is a partnership with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative and MDHHS. The program is administered statewide to assist youth transition from foster care to adulthood. Another goal is to promote collaboration between community members, public and private agencies, and resources needed by these young people about to face the world on their own.

Farley added, “We are grateful to MCACA for funding Arthur’s Artists, and its commitment to seeking funding to keep the program alive and provide these deserving youth with the gift of art as they navigate their way into adulthood.”

About Cleary University

Founded in 1883, the foundation of Cleary University is business. Cleary University is committed to its mission to enrich students’ lives through the knowledge, skills, and credentials that advance careers.

Private, nonprofit, and accredited, Cleary University is a specialized business university, providing practical, project-based education enabling an immediate alumni contribution to employers, families, and communities. Cleary offers a full service campus in Livingston County and satellite campuses throughout Michigan, as well as online degree options. For more information visit cleary.edu.

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