"Ink from the Pen" - Local Gallery Inspires Students with a Day of Art

CenterPoint Newsletter | January 2016 | by Tom Ray, Academic Counselor for GEAR UP

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Mojave High School GEAR UP students and staff collaborated with the owner of the Corner Gallery, Chris Frausto. The studio hosted a revolutionary event, “Ink from the Pen.” This gallery featured select pieces from former, as well as current inmates from across the United States. Guest speaker and former inmate, Anthony Martinez, shared his insights on how artwork transformed his life while in prison.

Students who attended this event heard firsthand experience of prison life and gained insight on a concept they have not witnessed or experienced. Despite the nature of the exhibit, it was a hit among all attendees. A post-attendance survey stated that the students would like to attend another similar event.

Chris Frausto generously donated wall space for a month during the spring of 2016. The students will get to showcase personal artwork, and UNLV GEAR UP will host a workshop after school at Mojave High School for students to complete this project. While a date has not been solidified, students look forward to designing their own arts and crafts to showcase at The Corner Gallery. If their art pieces sell, Chris will donate the proceeds to the students as a scholarship fund to pursue postsecondary education. UNLV GEAR UP appreciates this gracious opportunity.

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