Front Row Center Newsletter from the Greater Columbus Arts Counsil
By Jennifer Sadler

Lifeguarding at the pool, mowing lawns, working at a fast food restaurant, retail shop or as a cashier at the local grocery store—these are just a few of typical summer job for teenagers.  For adults who are old enough, it’s difficult to imagine not being able to find a summer job back then.  But according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the current summer unemployment rate for Americans between the ages of 16 and 24 hovers around 26 percent. This percentage is significantly higher than both five and 10 years ago. One reason for the scarcity of summer jobs for teens is the changing face of the job market; many adults are taking whatever kind of employment they can get.

As a result of the stiff competition, anything that teenagers can do to set themselves apart is beneficial.  Internships—paid and unpaid—can offer invaluable experience that can help develop skills that employers seek out.  Most kids don’t know anything about the professional world and have no clue about what it takes to work in such an environment.  Through summer internships, young people can get invaluable training in communication, time management, appropriate office behavior and other professional skills.

Many states and cities have youth employment programs in place that provide summer work/internship experience for youth, matching teens up with entry level jobs at a variety of establishments, including government agencies, summer camps, local businesses, museums, retail shops, hospitals, and sports enterprises, with the goal of familiarizing youth with the working world, fostering academic improvement and social growth.

Many statewide and local arts organizations and creative businesses realize that an investment in youth development is an investment in the future of the community.  Several offer out-of-school community arts education programs include internships that give  teens a chance to stretch their minds and imaginations in a setting that is less obviously structured and conducive to more informal mentoring relationships with adults. Community arts organizations and businesses that actively engage this age group can create environments with social interaction built in to the learning experience—and opportunities for developing leadership, teamwork, communication and other life skills.

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Momentum: Excellence at the Speed of Dance Artist Profile
Duarte Brown Headshot mixed media artist, master teaching artist, youth advocate
Duarte Brown

As the most comprehensive online events guide and resource for arts and culture in central Ohio, offers a virtual guide through the Columbus art world with a searchable database of events, concerts, performances and more. is an engaging place for artists and arts organizations to share what they do, with thousands of users per month. The Artist Directory allows visual, performing and literary artists to create a profile and portfolio to showcase their work—for free—and enables art enthusiasts to easily search for and connect with them. Our monthly artist profile series features interviews with some of the many talented individuals who make up central Ohio’s thriving creative community. 

For this issue, we spoke with local artist and master teaching artist, Duarte Brown.  Duarte’s works have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the United States and locally at the Frank Hale Cultural Center at The Ohio State University and the William Thomas Gallery.  He has dedicated his talents to helping young people through countless programs including CAPACITY, the Short Stop Youth Center, the King Arts Complex and the Ohio Alliance for Arts Education’s Artists-in-Schools program, Ebony Boys, Art Safe and Very Special Arts Ohio. Duarte has also worked as a high school art instructor at the Arts and College Preparatory Academy in Columbus and currently works as a master teaching artist with TRANSIT ARTS.

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Sneak Peek

CAPA Presents Festival Latino 2013

Festival Latino has become the largest events of its kind in Columbus, offering a free, family-friendly celebration of family, community, and Latin American culture. The two-day event has children’s activities, music, food, and dance from the heart of Latin America. Saturday night will be headlined by Duranguense queen Diana Reyes, and the Sunday night headliner will be the Columbus debut of international salsa master Ruben Blades. Admission is FREE!

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Concourse Gallery Presents Trans-fiber & Paper Exhibition and Workshop

The curators for the exploration of fiber and paper show, Elena Osterwalder and Char Norman were asked to share their vision with the Concourse Gallery and their combined knowledge and passion for the arts will give this exhibit a unique voice. Norman is an accomplished fiber artist specializing in papermaking and fiber sculpture. Osterwalder has been working with handmade paper, fibers and natural colors for over 14 years.

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Actors’ Theatre Presents Two New Performances

“All the world’s a stage.” Shakespeare penned it and Actors’ Theatre of Columbus is making it happen this year, adding new venues and productions to what was an already full summer season. One great example is Actors’ Theatre’s new collaborative relationship with the Easton Town Center. Starting in June, Actors’ Theatre performed on Thursday of each week in the Easton Commons Town Square.

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GCAC appreciates and acknowledges support from: City of Columbus, Franklin County and the Ohio Arts Council.

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