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Esperanza’s Young Artists

Beck Center is hosting Esperanza’s Young Artists, an art exhibit featuring the amazing talent of young Hispanic artists from the Cleveland area. This youth exhibit will be on display in the Skylight Gallery and run concurrently with the Hispanic Art, Hispanic Heritage exhibit. Esperanza's Young Artists exhibit hours are Monday through Saturday 10am - 3pm.

The Esperanza exhibition grew out of a series of summer visual arts workshops led by artists from American Greetings. Every Thursday afternoon for six weeks, AG hosted a group of more than 20 youth program participants from Esperanza, Inc., a Cleveland area non-profit that promotes Hispanic educational achievement. Guided by a different expert each week, the young artists explored a variety of artistic techniques, including mask making, collage and block printing. The summer session culminated in the creation of a giant group mobile, which is part of the Esperanza exhibit at Beck Center.

For many students, this was their first chance to meet a professional artist and to understand some of the creative opportunities that the work world offers. Our students would never have had the opportunity to do anything quite like this,” said Kristina Haddad, Esperanza program coordinator. “They constantly looked forward to visiting the creative studios and being able to express themselves through their art.”

The workshops and the exhibition were sponsored by the American Greetings Hispanic Resource Network, whose mission is in part to reaffirm and strengthen the ties between the corporation and the Cleveland-area Hispanic community. The workshops were funded by the American Greetings Diversity & Inclusion Council.

Beck Center is proud to be a part of this collaboration with the Hispanic Cultural Center of Cleveland, American Greetings, and Esperanza, Inc.

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