Public Invited to ‘Meet the Masters’ During 2017 ArtQuest Exhibition

YouthQuest Art Exhibition to Display More than 1,000 Student-Created Art Pieces April 18-20

(FLINT, Mich., April 10, 2017) – Jackson Pollock, Pablo Picasso and Dale Chihuly are just some of the master artists that YouthQuest students have been studying in preparation for ArtQuest, an annual art exhibition hosted by the afterschool and summer enrichment program.

As part of this year’s theme, “Meet the Masters,” YouthQuest students have learned about the history of a different artist each month, and then applied that artist’s techniques to projects of their own. More than 1,000 of the resulting pieces will be on display during ArtQuest, which will be held at Diplomat’s Corporate Headquarters, at 4100 Saginaw St., Flint.

“If we want to foster creativity, critical thinking and inventiveness among our children and teens, then teaching the arts is a must,” said LaKeitha Givens, Program Director for YouthQuest, which serves more than 2,000 students in Flint and Genesee County each year. “Considering the important role art has on a child’s development, we are committed to providing students with quality, hands-on art projects, music lessons and clubs that promote dance and other enrichment activities.”

In addition to art and enrichment activities, YouthQuest also places emphasis on academic support, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), physical fitness, nutrition, youth development and leadership, and family and community engagement.

Over the course of ArtQuest, more than 1,500 students will visit Diplomat to see their art on display. They will also participate in a variety of make-and-take activities and watch and/or perform in live performances of African drumming, violin and more.

The program will also bring in “local masters” – including Jordan Barnett, Kate Costea, Ryan Gregory and Lavarne Ross – for live demonstrations of their work.

“ArtQuest presents a great opportunity for students to engage and connect with the community as they show off their hard work,” said Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President of Education & Training at the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, which manages YouthQuest. “We encourage the public to ask questions like, ‘Who was your favorite artist to learn about, and why?’”

The exhibition will be open to the public from 4-6 p.m. each day. Admission is free. For more information, click here.

About YouthQuest

YouthQuest is a high-quality, research-based afterschool program offering educational and enrichment activities that engage young minds. Available at 15 sites in the city of Flint and Genesee County, YouthQuest serves 2,000 students in grades K-12 each year. The program is administered by the Genesee Area Focus Fund, a supporting organization of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. For more information, visit