Highlighting student resiliency, empowerment

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The community is invited to visit RedLine Contemporary Art Center to view the organization’s latest exhibit called Empowerment: Featuring EPIC Arts & ArtCorps Mentoring Artists.

Empowerment is a collaborative exhibition that celebrates student work through the pandemic and movements towards social justice.

“This exhibition is a celebration of the students,” said JC Futrell, RedLine’s director of education, “and their resiliency around the idea of empowerment.”

RedLine is a nonprofit organization that exists to foster education and engagement between artists and communities to create positive social change, states its website. Its EPIC Arts is a semester-long program that pairs resident and community artists with students and educators to provide an opportunity for K-12 youth to explore social issues through contemporary art, states RedLine’s website. ArtCorps Mentoring pairs a youth with a professional artist to serve as a trusted adult for one-on-one mentoring to create an artistic project that investigates and approaches social justice issues in a practical way.

The Empowerment exhibit includes the artwork of about 250 students — second to 12th grade — from 15 local Title 1 schools in the Denver and Aurora public schools districts.

The Empowerment exhibit is “student-led and student-art activated,” Futrell said. And these students “continue to express themselves through artwork.

RedLine Contemporary Art Center is located at 2350 Arapahoe St. in Denver’s Five Points neighborhood.

The Empowerment exhibit is on view during RedLine’s regular open gallery hours, which are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Admission is free, but a suggested donation of $5 for adults and $3 for students and youth supports RedLine’s various programs. Additionally, the youth involved with the Empowerment exhibit is having a canned food drive to benefit the St. Francis Center, so exhibit attendees are asked to bring a canned good if they are able.

To learn more about RedLine or the Empowerment exhibit, visit www.redlineart.org.

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