Ideas // December 20, 2014

#JXTAGive100: My artistic practice started here.

BY: Drew Peterson

Drew Peterson SmallIt’s my honor as an artist and instructor, to talk about why your support of JXTA makes a difference for young people in the present and the future.

 

I’m a teaching artist at Juxtaposition Arts (JXTA) and I started my life as a professional artist right here at JXTA as a teen. I have come full-circle and my work with the young artists in the Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) program is fuel for my artistic practice.

VALT is the first step for JXTA participants to gain experience and connections to begin shaping the world they want to see, starting in the Twin Cities. VALT is provided at no cost to youth participants, and every lesson prepares each individual for a paid position in our art and design studios, known as JXTALabs.

Snapshots from our 2014 Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) class that I teach.

Snapshots from our 2014 Visual Art Literacy Training (VALT) class that I teach.

VALT happens because of the support of people like you: our friends and investors. As we near the year’s end, our goal at JXTA remains to secure 100 givers to support 100 youth artists on their artistic journey. I’m asking you to make a year-end gift to JXTA and share our #JXTAGive100 campaign. When you give in any amount or share about our work with your networks, we are positive we will reach our goal.

Thank you & happy holidays,

Drew Peterson, artist and VALT instructor