Youth art exhibit at Avon Public Library
AVON, Colorado Throughout February, the Avon Public Library will exhibit the work of several young artists from the Eagle River Youth Coalition. Among the work featured will be original art from the ERYCs social norms poster campaign in Eagle Valley high schools. The artists original works have been made into posters by the Hill & Company marketing firm, and the posters will also be on display. The exhibit will also feature five mandalas created by youth leaders on the ERYCs Youth Leaders Council.Finding ways to incorporate art and creativity into Eagle River Youth Coalition programs has accomplished two things, said Cristina Gair, director of the Eagle River Youth Coalition. We have been able to increase the buy-in from the youth about the posters because they are created by students, and we have found adding creative expression gives our youth leaders an outlet for reflection and introspection, which is an important part of being a leader.The goal of the social norms posters is to promote positive behaviors and attitudes among youth. The mandalas created by the youth leaders signify the growth and development of each leader involved in The Youth Leaders Council.This is part of their work to become leaders, so that they can apply these leadership concepts and values to their lives and specifically to the service learning projects that they create and implement through their work on the Youth Leaders Council, Gair said.The art exhibit runs through the month of February in the Beaver Creek Room at the Avon Public Library. The exhibit is free and open to the public.