Artists Re-Imagining Color
Artists Re-Imagining Color (ARC), originally formed as the Studios on the Park Teen Art Group, is an active community of teens and young adults who lead and participate in a broad range of private and public arts projects. Often these activities involve artists associated with Studios on the Park, as well as members of the broader Paso Robles community.
ARC meets weekly on Saturday afternoons to pursue creative projects of the group's choosing. Through these projects Studios on the Park aims to support positive youth civic engagement and arts education. Artist and Studios board member Henry A. J. Ramos serves as advisor.
Since its inception in 2009, the group has supported the creative development and expression of nearly 40 young people ages 12-22 (many of them troubled by family, school and law enforcement challenges) throughout Paso Robles and the region. In partnership with important institutions such as the Paso Robles Police Activities League, the YMCA and the Paso Robles High School Art Department, the group’s work has principally produced large scale mural projects on contemporary social and community themes, including celebrating the 20 year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, promoting inter-group tolerance, and championing public safety.
Participating area teens and young adults represent the region's broad range of racial, ethnic, class and geographical realities. Their successful engagement in these series of projects underscores the need for more significant local support for positive youth art activities and more structured efforts to engage young people in regional civic affairs and cross-cultural exchanges.
In early 2012, the group pursued a project entitled "Exploring the Artist's Journey - Teens in Dialogue with Studio Masters." Board member and artist Henry A. J. Ramos facilitated a two-month series of teen artist dialogs with Studios on the Park masters. The series engaged the young people in discussions about creative process. Artists explored topics such as their informing experiences and formation, stylistic influences, methods, and outlook on creative careers.
Most recently, they completed original works for the county-serving busses of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA). They are currently preparing a mural for the redeveloped A&R Furniture building.
Past & present members of the Teen Art Group include Dylan Bice, Braurio, Mae Bradley, Kevin Bruce, Hope Button, Meagan Chambers, Salvador Chavez, Pablo Estrada, Alandra Hernandez, Edgar Jimenez, Patrick Keating, Jorge Lopez, Sara Langguth, Mason Lopez (former co-leader), Chris Love, Amanda Mills (former co-leader), Natalie Nicolay, Kyler Olson (current leader), Abisal Ortiz, Beth Reninger, Jacob Scotti, Kit Toevs, Katrina Valenzuela, Ally Weinstein, and Saul Zepeda.
Offsite Creative Projects
Saturday, May 4, 11, 18, 25: 12 pm - 4 pm
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ARC members continue to channel their creative energies in constructive directions that uplift the entire community! During the month of May all meetings take place offsite. Projects include a horse chalk painting at Lake Nacimiento, creation of the Artisan mural in Creston, and leading the public mural project at the Festival of the Arts. Free to participate. All teens are welcome!