Art Night draws students and community to SC4
The first ever Art Night on Sept. 19 at SC4 brought an “overwhelming response from the community,” as Adjunct Instructor Myrna Pronchuck put it. Members of the community and SC4 between the ages of 14 to 30 were welcome to register to take place in the art-themed workshops.
Pronchuck, who recently moved to Michigan from Atlanta Georgia, had gotten the idea from events held at art institutions in the south known as Draw –a-thons. According to Pronchuck, it seemed like an interesting way to introduce young people to visual arts and to SC4.
“I brought the idea to Celeste Skalnek, the Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator, and she thought it would be a great way to incorporate all of the visual as well as the performing arts at SC4 to serve our community,” said Pronchuck.
The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs provided a grant for the event, thus turning it into a mentorship program for emerging artists who were involved in SC4’s art program. The grant however, wasn’t the only donation from the community.
Pronchuck says, “Pizza was generously donated from Happy’s Pizza in Port Huron as well as 10 gallons of orange drink from McDonald’s.”
A wide range of workshops included African drumming, pottery, stage makeup, and still-life drawing.
In addition to the workshops, SC4 student Natalie Mainguy performed compositions on her violin for all the attendees.
“There was music in the hallways and the classrooms. The classes were full of happy smiling youth making art and trying their skills at music and theatre, many for the first time,” said Pronchuck.
For anyone who missed this year’s art night, Pronchuck says that the event’s success has prompted SC4 to plan anther one for next year.