Bringing art to youth in detention, and their work to the public.
The Buckham/GVRC Share Art Project is a collaboration between the Buckham Fine Arts Project, an artist run co-operative gallery in downtown Flint, and Genesee County’s youth detention facility, GVRC.
The Project’s goal is to introduce artistic concepts and techniques to youth as a means of creative self-expression as well as a vehicle for self-exploration, social skill building, and positive peer interaction.
The Project began with a 12-week pilot project in the fall of 2011 and currently offers workshops 3 nights per week in the visual arts, Spoken Word poetry, theatre, and dance/movement. A separate gender-based series of workshops: HERSTORY: UNLOCKED addresses the unmet needs of young female residents.
Each year the Project brings the work of the youth to the public in Buckham Gallery’s “Arts in Detention” exhibit. The youths’ work is also displayed at GVRC in an exhibit curated by the youth.