Douglas Education Center (DEC) is currently seeking applications for its annual Youth Art Program. Beginning Thursday, July 5, participating students will work on the creation, development and installation of murals.
This unique opportunity will teach youth how to transform public spaces with artwork reflecting the character, culture and history of local neighborhoods.
The theme of this year's program will be dedicated to the steel mill industry. The mural is a commemoration to Monessen, PA history and will be located at 505 Donner Ave. at the Monessen Historical Society.
Jim Winegar, a Greene County artist who serves as vice president of the Artists' Co-op in Washington, PA and Bobbi Fine, an instructor for Allan and Wilson's Digital Illustration Program at DEC, will oversee and teach DEC's Youth Art Program.
Emphasizing a cross-cultural atmosphere, the program welcomes youth from all backgrounds. The Youth Art Program is still accepting applicants. Youth, ages 14-18 years of age, must meet income guidelines, be a Westmoreland or Fayette County resident, and attend classes regularly. Students who are interested in careers in the arts, graphic design, and commercial entertainment industries should consider this program. Participating students will develop skills that will help increase their career marketability.
Classes begin Thursday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through August. Classes will meet once a month, thereafter, from September through June 2013. Bus transportation from specific pick up points will be provided. Participating students will receive a meal for every class. A stipend will also be paid to students.
To register for DEC's Youth Art Program, parents can contact Victoria Cochran at 724-653-2185 or email