Express Yourself: Here and Now Exhibit Opens at Endicott College

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Exhibit part of Beverly-based arts and education organization's special joint project with Endicott College Creative Arts Therapy students.

Endicott College is pleased to announce the Express Yourself: Here and Now exhibit, which is on display from Wednesday, November 2, 2011 through Friday, January 13, 2012 in the Carol Grillo Art Gallery and the Desnoyers Overlook in Endicott College’s, Center for the Arts, 376 Hale Street, Beverly. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 9:00 am to 8:00 pm; Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 2:00-4:00 pm. In addition to the exhibition, Endicott College will host a reception on Thursday, November 10th, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Special performances during the reception will include music by Stan Strickland and jazz artists, the Express Yourself Drummers, and a live performance painting by noted California artist Nancy Ostrovsky to be sold at the event. Opportunities to join in Express Yourself drumming will make this an exciting and fun filled evening. The exhibit, reception and events are free and open to the public.

Express Yourself, a Beverly-based arts and education organization, has won numerous awards and recognitions for their work with young people. Most notably, they were a recipient of the 2009 Coming Up Taller Award, presented by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities at the White House by First Lady Michelle Obama. The Coming Up Taller Awards recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America's young people and provide them learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities. Express Yourself was one of only 15 organizations nationally and internationally to win the award in 2009. Express Yourself drummers were the only youth chosen to perform at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. before noted celebrities including Kal Penn, Edward Norton, Alfre Woodard, and George C. Wolfe.

Express Yourself immerses young people in the creative world of music, dance, and visual arts and empowers these youth with life changing results. Since 1989, over 2,600 underserved youth in the community and young people in Department of Mental Health facilities have worked collaboratively with artists and celebrities, spending a full year creating set designs, visual art, and performance pieces for their grand celebration and exhibition. Pieces in the Here and Now exhibit reflect the work of over 600 young people who worked with Express Yourself throughout the year. The artworks were part of the set design and backdrop for the culminating, grand performance at the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater in May, which featured 150 youth and celebrity artists.

Endicott College is a collaborator and supporter of Express Yourself. The Co-Directors, Stan Strickland and Paula Conrad, are instructors in Endicott’s Master of Education in Arts and Learning degree program, and they have provided visiting artist lectures and performances for the Endicott community and the School of Visual and Performing Arts. The Creative Arts Therapy Students at Endicott work on a special project with the artists and youth of Express Yourself creating a set piece that is included in the Citi Performing Arts Center Wang Theater, and in this exhibit.

The Express Yourself Artists:
Stan Strickland, Co-Director; Paula Conrad, Co-Director; Barbara Keiter, Visual Arts; Kristi Jeffers; Emily Getchell; Everardo Garcia; Shawn Paul Filtranti; Shayla Kaufman; Neil Wilkins; Miles Herter; Kara Fili (Endicott graduate); Carla Hollett; Laura Tanguay, Endicott Intern

For more information on the Express Yourself: Here and Now exhibit, please contact Kathleen J. Moore, 978-232-2655 or email kmoore(at)endicott(dot)edu. Our website is: http://www.endicott.edu/centerforthearts for further information on future exhibits and lectures opportunities. For more information about Express Yourself please contact Director Paula Conrad 978-852-7947 or info(at)expressyourselfinc(dot)org.

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