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Local Teens Will Pour Their Art Out at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery

July 11, 2014

WASHINGTON, July 11 -- Pepco Holdings issued the following news release:

Arts on the Block (AOB) and project partner Urban Alliance will turn the Pepco Edison Place Gallery into a creative workshop for youth July 8 through August 8. AOB will pilot its signature "Pour Your ART Out" program that transforms talented teens into apprentice artists and develops job skills that can be used in any career. The Montgomery County-based nonprofit has been providing creative teens with real-life work experiences in the visual arts for 10 years.

Teen Apprentices work in teams on artwork that has been commissioned by an array of public and private clients and will also work on individual projects. In the process, they learn about teamwork, professionalism and entrepreneurship. The apprentices are recruited and funded through D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray's 2014 Summer Youth Employment Program. They come from diverse backgrounds and represent an array of neighborhoods and schools throughout the District of Columbia.

Seasoned artist and educator Sonal Sheth and her assistant, Danielle Hedquist (a former AOB Apprentice Artist), will guide apprentice artwork. At the end of the apprentice program and exhibit, AOB and The Urban Alliance will co-host a reception with Urban Alliance. "A Night to Pour Your ART Out" will honor the accomplishments of the talented teens from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 7. The evening will feature AOB-made artwork, art making, music and fare from area eateries.

The Pepco Edison Place Gallery is open to the public noon to 4 p.m. each Tuesday through Friday. Admission to the gallery is free.

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