The Eclipse Project A Walk Through Time
Mt. San Jacinto College Art Gallery presents
The Eclipse Project A Walk Through Time
CALIFORNIA FAMILY LIFE CENTER - a.r.t.e.r.y. 2022
April 26 – May 19, 2022
Reception: Wednesday, May 4, 3 – 6 pm
Tuesday and Thursday, 10 – 4 pm
The MSJC Art Gallery, California Family Life Center and Worth Visual Arts are pleased to present a.r.t.e.r.y.ʼs 2022, The Eclipse Project exhibit. This exhibition marks the 17th year collaboration with CFLC, Worth Visual Arts and MSJC. We invite you to “walk in another’s shoes”, travel thru time, and share the challenges, conflicts, joys, and accomplishments in each individuals life. Artist journals accompany art work on exhibit.
"An eclipse takes place when one heavenly body such as a moon or planet moves into the shadow of another heavenly body.” NASA. With lunar and solar eclipses we experience the passing and alignment of our heavenly bodies creating a beautiful and memorable encounter. Likewise, seniors and youth come together to share their past and present stories – an ecliptic encounter revealing life’s experiences bridging generations. The program focuses on youth and seniors working together to create artworks, using mindful communication skills, gaining mutual respect, empathy, trust, honesty and friendship with one another." -Michele Worth
This year’s exhibition will feature ceramic shoes made by CFLC youth mentors and senior citizens. The shoes have an incredible story to tell and each shoe shows the different journey of each artist and the wear and tear that a well lived life leaves. These collaborative works have inspired the senior citizens and the a.r.t.e.r.y students to think about their lives in new and exciting ways. When the seniors work with young they have felt a sense of rejuvenation and are inspired to share their life stories with them. As the a.r.t.e.r.y youth mentors have worked with the seniors, it has inspired them to think beyond their current lives and has motivated them to think about how they can be of service to others. We hope that their collaboration has brought a sense of understanding and appreciation between generations.
Mentoring, art and community service are key elements to CFLCʼs a.r.t.e.r.y. program. This yearʼs exhibit emphasizes mentoring skills, focusing on the transference of creative energy, vision and goals through art with children and the senior population. A.r.t.e.r.y. mentors work with various ages, building a one to one relationship with pre-school to senior populations. Youth mentors realize the importance of art benefiting their choices in career paths, while bridging positive endeavors within their community. By exhibiting their artwork at the MSJC Art Gallery, youth are exposed to college as a more attainable path for their future while assimilating comfortably in a college atmosphere.
Student and mentor introspective journals will be displayed and are a crucial part of the a.r.t.e.r.y. program. The journal entries help reveal the artists thoughts on their past and present as their lives change and grow beyond their homes and comfort zones.
The show has been made possible by the cooperative efforts of the MSJC Art Gallery, Worth Visual Arts Programs, Michele Worth, California Family Life Centers (CFLC); Planet Youth, Empower Youth, Rubidoux YOC. Participating collaborators are Camelot Senior Center, and Elsinore Community Senior Center. Mentors received training daily, focusing on mentor guidelines and skills, journaling, sculpture and art methods for workshop implementation.
CFLC, Empower Youth a Youth Opportunity Center of Riverside County, is a proud member of the Youth Opportunity Consortium. The consortium is led by the Riverside County Workforce Development Board. This Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act Title 1 financially assisted or program activity is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. California Family Life Center is an Equal Opportunity Employer.