The Front Porch Arts Program, the brainchild of Linda Mensch, artistic director of Moving Company Dance Center in Warwick, is now in its 23rd. year.
The creative annual program began its life reaching out into the Warwick community and creating window displays and exhibitions each summer for local stores and cafes.
Front Porch Arts runs for six weeks from July into August and focuses on letting students explore their creativity freely by engaging them in individual and collaborative art pieces, poetry and dance.
The connection to the local community, explained Mensch, is still at the heart of the program with visits to artist studios for hands on projects.
This year, for example, the kids worked with artists Claire Gilliam, Stephanie Roth, Glen Carter, Pat Foxx, Joan Ball and also Mensch.
They enjoyed picnic lunches and games in Railroad Green and once a week, a visit to Fannies for their homemade ice cream.
Each year the program holds a final exhibition, to the end of the month, at Consciousfork Restaurant, 14 Railroad Ave. The event was held this year on Thursday evening, Aug. 15, and featured student artwork and an auction of several art pieces made by both students and guest artists to benefit the Front Porch Arts Scholarship
.For additional information about The Front Porch Arts Program and the Moving Company Dance School, visit www.movcodance.com.
- Roger Gavan