Students from Creative Clay's "Transition" program put on a civil rights exhibit during St. Petersburg's recent Artwalk. The exhibit featured ceramics, mixed media pieces and paintings by the students, who deal with learning, developmental and/or emotional disabilities.
The "Transition" program gives 18- to 22-year-olds the opportunity to undertake vocational arts training and educational experiences that help them transition to post-secondary education. It teaches them about art, sales, marketing and customer relations.
The Artwalk exhibit, “Civil Rights: Yesterday and Today,” was the program’s first exhibition of 2017 and honored the Civil Rights Movement. The students learned about the movement's role in U.S. history and society, as well as the music it inspired.
“The theme of this year's Black History Month exhibit, ‘Civil Rights: Yesterday and Today,’ was chosen because the issues surrounding civil rights have been such a big topic in our country today,” teacher Denise Baringer said. “The students were introduced to the movement as it began in the 1950s and developed the exhibit to reflect how it relates to them in their world today.”