FLOYD COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — Springhouse Downtown has announced it is hosting its teen-voice community art show from April 8th through June 3rd at the Floyd Center for the Arts.
In collaboration with Floyd County High School, New River Valley Community Services(NRVCS), and Floyd Center for the Arts, the goal of the art show is to shed light on the impact of addiction in the community. The Amplified: Teen Voices on Addiction exhibit will highlight Floyd’s teens, artists, and people in recovery.
“When one person suffers from addiction, it impacts every person within a community. Teens are often impacted heavily, and yet their voices go unheard. Sometimes it takes something other than words to share what is really going on and touch someone’s heart,” said Springhouse staff Roxanne Greenberg.
Mike Wade with the NRVCS says many young people feel the impact of substance use and disorders in their lives, which can lead to questions and concerns. Wade says expressing those thoughts and feeling through art is a way to let young people actively engage in those conversations.
Teens from the ages of 13 to 19 are invited to submit their artwork using a medium of their choice to create a piece that represents one of the following:
- self-portrait of the personal impact of addiction
- impact of addiction on family
- impact of addiction on the community
All entries will be accepted until March 26th with a submission form and can be dropped off at Springhouse Downtown located at 203 Fox St. Unit A during open hours. Springhouse Downtown will allow artists to use its materials and studio on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. to create their pieces.
“At the Floyd Center for the Arts, we believe in expression and healing through making art and are excited to offer a space for this conversation from the perspective of teens in Floyd County,” said Keela Dooley Marshall, Executive Director at the Floyd Center for the Arts.
Each artist will have the chance to win a prize for their work in the following categories:
- Best in show for $300
- Self-portrait for $150
- Impact on family for $150
- Impact on community for $150
- People’s choice (patrons can submit a vote) $100
“We hope this show will give teens a creative way to share their stories and for our community to have the opportunity to listen,” said Greenberg.
For more information about the art show and Springhouse Downtown, visit their website.
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