Youth ages 13-19 from urban areas are spending three weeks at Cobblestone Arts Center, 1622 state Route 332, Farmington, through Celebration of Youth to work with students from local school districts including Canandaigua and Victor, as well as students with disabilities.
The program, which started in 1999, is supported through grants and donations from the community. Teens are paid $20 each day to participate in the program, allowing them to gain real-world work experience as they learn about kindness, respect, compassion and responsibility.
Program participants interact with students who have disabilities, something most teens and adults never experience.
Each year, the three-week program has a theme for its curriculum. Visual artists, musicians, dancers and actors then work together to create a production for friends, family and the community based on the theme. The production includes paintings, sculptures, a performance and costumes.
Last year’s theme was “Music Through the Centuries.” The group created a sculpture using instruments from different eras. In recent years, participants painted murals and honored Michael Jackson. The program expects 30 teens to participate in this year’s theme, “Let’s Go to the Movies.”
The last performance is at noon on Aug. 17. Call 585-398-0220 for information.