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Woodruff Arts Center launches Arts Vibe teen program
by Staff Reports
August 24, 2012 05:11 PM | 2507 views | 0 0 comments | 27 27 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a news release Wednesday, the Woodruff Arts Center in Midtown announced the launch of the Wells Fargo Arts Vibe teen program — a new initiative to engage metro Atlanta teenagers as active participants in the arts, made possible through a $2 million donation to the center from Wells Fargo.

The Arts Vibe program is a collaborative effort between all of the divisions of the center: the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the High Museum of Art and Young Audiences.

The program will kick off with a Teen Night at the High on Saturday. The inaugural event will include performances by local high school students from the Alliance’s Performing Arts Camp of an original theatrical piece inspired by the High Museum’s “Rising Up: Hale Woodruff’s Murals at Talladega College” exhibition — another teen experience supported by Arts Vibe.

The program, which is designed to meet the needs of arts-oriented teens as well as those who are less familiar with the arts, will offer a combination of paid and free events for students in grades six to 12. Arts Vibe is expected to reach more than 10,000 teens in its inaugural year and to establish the center as a premier destination for metro Atlanta teens.

Programs and events will offer focused and multidimensional exploration of the arts for teens, and will include designated Teen Nights on campus, music lessons, poetry slams, acting classes, behind-the-scenes access to rehearsals and productions, and performances by teens for teens via the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra and Alliance Theatre students, among other activities. Discounted tickets to select center events and reduced MARTA and parking rates will also be offered to students.

“This is an incredibly innovative and exciting program,” center CEO Virginia Hepner said. “The Arts Vibe Teen Program will demonstrate the positive impact that can be made in young people’s lives when leading arts organizations combine talent and resources to provide relevant high quality arts education for our youth. This program is unique to Atlanta, and I look forward to seeing the growth of the program over the next five years.”

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