Thinking Outside The Box: An Urban Art Center Motto

outsidetheboxImagine a place that inspires kids to dream and create, and then show the world what they discovered. The Urban Art Center is that place. Kids have materials and guidance at their disposal to do something to express their thoughts and feelings in an acceptable way.

Many kids choose to demonstrate their wish for world peace, love among all people and an end to violence of all kinds. What emerges may be a family portrait, a self portrait or one of a dear friend. There may also be paintings, drawings or sculptures of a favorite place or a place yet to be made real.

Pets usually appear in some form from the work of more than one child. Sometimes they are depictions of pets that have never appeared but are badly wanted. They are certainly representations of love.

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Mobiles, pastels, computer drawings and popsicle stick architecture show up in various age groups of young artists. Kids need time, space and materials to figure out what exactly they want to do at the time, just like adult artists. If they can explore with different types of materials, including texts to go with visuals, they can say what they want to say.

If adults are smart, they will listen to what kids are saying through art. It may help kids to follow a healthy road and not descend into despair and destructive behavior now and in the future. Art is not just for fun, but that brings the kids in to the Urban Art Center in the beginning.

After kids see what they can do, they may never want to leave. Kids with an artistic bent, who never knew they had one, become the picture of “perfect attendance.” Other kids get to see what creativity is, what it means and that it’s all right. It may even be a launching pad for a future career in any field.

The UAC Way

kid-drawingThinking outside the box worked out well for Steve Jobs, Leonardo da Vinci and Albert Einstein. It is valuable in every aspect of life, and if it starts at the art center, those kids have an edge. They learn that what they do matters, and that there are adults who respect them and their ideas.

Peer respect is another positive side effect of creating art. Kids see that there are other means of success outside of sports and pure academics. There is nothing wrong with those pathways, but not all kids shine in those areas. If an artistic path helps them find their niche, all the better. It may help them realize that art is not what they want: also positive.

In real time, a sticks-and-mortar place like the Urban Art Center provides a safe place for kids to go when they’re not in school. They don’t have to be young Michaelangelos to enjoy creating art; they just have to want to be there. Spending time at this center is certainly preferable to running the streets, ending up in trouble for one reason or another.

Do urban kids know about famous artists and the history of art? The Urban Art Center is an educator in this field. Kids can go to local art museums to see real works of art created by masters from ancient times to the present. Field trips sometimes work wonders, and kids should have the opportunity to learn about this part of their own society. Kids should know they are part of their own society.

Is an Urban Art Center essential? Many people who know kids think it is. Parents, youth leaders and kids say yes. It might be wonderful.

How The Urban Art Center Helps Local Youth

atriumSince the Urban Art Center’s development across the tracks on the East side of Downtown, inner city school teachers have been buzzing with excitement. The $11.5 million dollar project was absorbed through federal grants applied for and received by Professor Stewart Manning of the Urban Action Association (UAA). Since Mr. Manning’s acceptance to the UAA’s board of directors, he has been aggressively seeking new ways to engage and challenge the inner city youth. With school systems maxed out on resources and an ever growing ratio of student to teacher classrooms, the Urban Art Center was seen as an absolute necessity for community relief.

When ground was broken back in early February of 2012, estimates on completion ranged widely from 2 to 5 years. Construction schedules progressed more quickly than expected and today, Jan 14th, 2015 the Urban Art Center opened its doors to the general public. Boasting an impressive 11,000 square feet, the center provides a mecca of imagination and learning for inner city children. An impressive display of built in facilities help to provide limitless potential.

The Urban Art Center’s main amenities include:

Indoor Atrium
An expansive greenhouse covers a hydroponic garden greeting guests into the facility. A variety of tropical plants and trees grow freely on either side of a cobble stone pathway leading from the outside main entrance to a secondary entrance into the main art center. A synthetic waterfall cascades down over the stone walls on either side of the walkway spraying a cool refreshing mist into the air. Exotic, imported butterflies from all over the world enjoy the habitat and flutter about freely.

Multi-Purpose Room
Past the entrance atrium’s secondary entrance lies a state of the art 4,000 square foot multi-purpose room for seminars or group gatherings. Super screen Smartboards have been installed on each of the four main walls and tracks running across the length and width of the room provide options for break-away divider walls for multiple classrooms.

State of the Art Galleria
The crown jewel of the Urban Art Center is the state of the art galleria complete with glass covered show spaces for art pieces and a surround sound system for voice guided group tours.

Craft Center
The craft center was a late addition to the project but is expected to be one of the key pieces to the center. Complete with work tables, sinks, and an array of constantly stocked materials, students are challenged to practice some of the techniques and designs the galleria has to offer.

The Urban Art Center has been billed to be the inspirational nerve center of the inner city. So far, its potential seems limitless. With the ability to not only display, but also to teach and entertain, the project seems destined for success. Early reviews from students attending the center have been spectacular and the excitement is palpable.

Using Art To Help Children Grow

Art can be a creative outlet for children and it can help them in many areas of life. Creative art helps children express their emotions, develop physically, helps with their creativity, and to get along better in a social environment. One side of your brain focus’ on leaning and logic while the other side is artistic and creative. But did you know that art works on all parts of the brain?

Emotions can be a hard thing to deal with as many people well know. By using art as an outlet it will help children show what they are feeling, if they are having trouble speaking it. With art they will be able to express how happy, angry, or depressed they are. When children are praised over their art, it will also help build self-esteem.

Though art, young children develop physically and cognitively. Art helps children recognize colors and learn by mixing colors they can make new ones. By asking a child to paint a certain object, they will have to observe it closely and thier will help their memorization. Physical development happens when children use their hand eye coordination as well as fine motor skills learned though painting and drawing.

tinj1Creativity is one of the main things learned through art. This will help grow their imagination. But using their imagination children will learn to create art that is theirs alone. When experimenting with different types of brushes and paints they will discover different possibility’s. This will help them later in life to become creative in their problem solving and this will help with school and work later in life. This can even be done online thanks to websites like OneMotion.

Being social can get you far in life. Art programs teach children to work in a group and learn to understand others different point of views. Children also will learn to appreciate different cultures and helps accept them socially. In studies, it has been shown that children who get praised by their peers over their art are more likely to feel socially accepted in other parts of school and life. Children who have a broad range of views of the world are not scared to express their thoughts and expressions.

Art can help children of all ages and all environments. These are just a few examples, the list can go on forever. When looking for an art class for your child there are many different types to look into. Most schools now days offer art programs at them. You should be able to find one that works best for your child and you.

This post was made possible due to the generous donation of Kraken Kratom. They are a strong supporter of the work we do here at the Urban Art Center so we wanted to give our thanks!

How We Use Art To Inspire

innercityartArt is one of the few things that people of all ages and backgrounds can do. There is no right or wrong in art. Just personal creative ability to be used as that person sees fit. That is why art with children can be so inspiring. Children can inspire themselves with a piece of paper and a box of crayons. Let their own minds inspire them. To prompt a childs clear mind with an idea or cue is not really inspiring anything. You are prompting them to stop thinking about what they came up with and moved them along the lines of what we want them to be inspirired by.

The theology of inspiration means a divine influence directly and immediately exerted upon the mind or soul. That explains it well. Using art to inspire children is a great creative outlet for them to express their personal feeling and emotions. Most children will do this without knowing that is what is going on. That is what makes the process so innocent and revealing. The subconcious mind coming through and expressing itself without anything getting in the way. Revealing on a deeper level the true motivation of certain behaviors.

Ways to inspire children through art is as easy as you want it to be. The form of art used will be a factor on the level of inspiration you want to achieve. Finger paints are a different level than colored pencils, and working with clay takes it to another level yet. The more senses we let children use in their art projects the more inspired they will become.

A new level of involvement will be created. Using as many senses as possible is the key to unlocking their own individual inspiration. Music is an awesome venue for artistic inspiration and expression, not during lessons with the piano teacher, the practice afterwards when there is nobody there to correct their “mistakes”. Some times we put kids into a box and expect them to be creative and that is sad.I know there is to be structure, rules, and boundaries. However it is nice to watch children inspire themselves with a media their givin, to express that natural creative side of their own personal character. This is where true art comes from. The mind developing it’s own set of rules and boundaries. Allowing that natural unhindered creative expression flow and to develop its own inspiration in the creation they are making at the time.