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Blue Star Student Talks About Working In Mosaic Program

The Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum mosaic program is grooming promising art students for a future in the field. Last week I introduced you to the program that encourages art students’ interests and abilities. This week I’ll introduce you to a student benefiting from the program.

Blue Star Mosaic recruits talented students from area high schools to join their after school program.  One of those students, Yenifer Gaviña, detailed the time commitment, "from 4:30-7:30 and during summer from 1:30-5:30.”

I asked her if that was a big sacrifice of her time.

“I know it’s helping me to build my portfolio, so it’s not a sacrifice at all,” she said.

Collaboration is the name of the game at mosaic, because at any given time students will be working on one another’s projects.

“I enjoy it thoroughly," Gaviña said. "It’s very fun, getting to produce my own work and helping to make pieces of public art.”

Public art is the main thrust of what mosaic does. Like the mural on the Nolan Street underpass, which makes her feel, “a lot of pride. I am part of my city’s history now.”

I asked Gaviña where she expects to be in five years. She said working in the arts.

“Just any arts program that helps youths find their life in art," she said. "I want to pay it forward, provide some of the opportunity and resources that were provided for me.”

Jack Morgan can be reached at jack@tpr.org and on Twitter at @JackMorganii