While the center strongly supports the development of generalized creativity through the younger community, the focus of our High School FAR programming is to assist budding artists in developing and fine tuning their skills and to give them a glimpse into the world of the professional artist.
Every year, The Jacksonville Center hosts the Youth and Student Art Exhibits. From early December to Late January, Floyd County High School students hold a prominent place in this exhibit opportunity.
Other programs for high-school aged students that we hope to establish include on-site classes to enhance vocational skills from Forge Welding to Wood Carving, and to offer art students the opportunity to take an adult level class through scholarships and grants.
In 2010, the 16 Hands artist cooperative sponsored a $600 scholarship that was awarded to Casey Harless of Franklin County, an aspiring (and inspiring!) young potter. Casey was able to take Chris Lively’s Spray Glazing and Cone 10 Firing class in the summer.