Free art program for teens in Richmond focuses on public art

A free online art program focusing on public art and the environment is now open for registration for teens aged 15 to 18.

Richmond Art Gallery is hosting the three-week summer art intensive in partnership with the Richmond Public Art Program from July 27 to Aug. 14.

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The art program was developed for art students who are inspired by nature and the environment.

Topics covered in the program include how the environment can inspire new ways of making art using various media - photography, sculpting, digital art and drawing.

Art professionals will mentor the teens on creating public artwork.

In September, when the program is finished, there will be a group public art installation at Minoru Park in conjunction with Culture Month.

There will be a juried application process with a limit of 12 participants in the program.

Those submitting an application are asked to include three artwork samples and a written statement of why they want to be in the program.

The program will run Monday to Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. with meetings held online at home for four days, while one day will be at an outdoor public park with social distancing protocols in place.

Applications from other municipals will be accepted, but Richmond residents will get priority.

The deadline for applications is July 17 at 5 p.m.

For more information or to register, visit

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