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Rye Arts Center To Mentor Teen Artsits In New Program

The Rye Arts Center will launch its new "Rising Artist Program" in the fall.
The Rye Arts Center will launch its new "Rising Artist Program" in the fall. Photo Credit: The Daily Voice File Photo

RYE, N.Y. -- The Rye Arts Center will launch a new program this fall dedicated to mentoring teens who are looking to start a career in creative fields.

The new "Rising Artist Program" at the Rye Arts Center will expose teens to career opportunities in fields such as advertising, digital animation, film making, journalism, publishing, media arts, photographs, fashion, illustration, music and performing arts. During the semester-long course, guest speakers will come to talk about their careers, and teens will have hands-on access to the center's painting, ceramics and digital art studios, as well as the dark room.

"We want to support teens and nurture their creative talents and interests," said Bill Oberlander, who will be one of the guest speakers in the program. Oberlander is a Rye resident who serves as the managing director of marketing, communications and events for the Robin Hood Foundation. He designed the advertising and communications strategy for the 12/12/12 Hurricane Sandy Relief Concert in Madison Square Garden.

"Helping young people develop their creative talents and exposing them to possibilities is exciting for the students and the professionals," he said.

“We are fortunate to have such a talented pool of professionals working in creative fields who want to give back to the community by teaching and mentoring young people," sad Helen Gates, executive director of the center. “This new program is designed to give teens an opportunity to see how their creative interests and talents connect to a path to college and a profession.”

Other speakers for the program will include executives from MTV and Blue Sky Studios, as well as portfolio design professionals. To register for the program, call the center at 914-967-0700.

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