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Project Art-Reach

Published April 21, 2011

“Someplace Else” at Capital City Youth Services (CCYS) is a shelter for kids between the ages of 10 and 17. Foster youth, runaways, and kids having problems at home all find their way to CCYS for a safe place to sleep and someone to talk to about their life circumstances. Thousands of youth have used CCYS services over the 18 years they have been open, and thousands more will come through their doors when they find themselves alone, or without a place to call home.

Project Art-Reach is a collaboration between CCYS, the Youth and Family Services Network, and some of the most accomplished and talented artists in the Big Bend area. The objective of Project Art-Reach is to inspire and support these young people and the caring adults who serve them by enhancing their physical space with original fine art. Contributing artists include: Mark Messersmith, Linda Hall, Terri Lindbloom, Judy Rushin (and students), Anne Stagg, Matt Gordan, Jonny Warren, Amanda Boekhout, Echo Railton, Kelly Boehmer and Chuck Carbia. Please join us for the opening reception on Thursday April 21st 5:30-7:30pm at CCYS.

It is common and understandable during a crisis to focus on immediate needs and concerns. The staff at CCYS cook nutritious meals, take kids to school, teach essential life skills, make medical and dental appointments, and screen for signs of abuse, neglect, human trafficking, and mental health issues. When things are going well, they have time to play games or watch a movie with their transient guests, but the job demands a no-nonsense vigilance and a long list of to-do’s.

The work of Project Art-Reach transforms this often clinical environment into unique spaces of color, imagination, and warmth. Each of 8 bedrooms and a classroom has been redesigned and enhanced by a local artist rendering the space into someplace else within Someplace Else. One room is re-imagined as a tree house sanctuary, another depicts scenes of a balmy New Orleans, promising a life beyond this temporary stop. The Wakulla river, resplendent in sunset golds and pinks, flows from the wall of another. Each room is as distinct and unique as the youth who will find refuge within these walls.

Contact Charles Carbia for more information on the project and opening.