For Immediate Release
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Pepco Edison Place Gallery is now
hosting "Lifting Off: Teen Artists Making A Difference," which features new
artwork created for the Kids with Food Allergies Division of the Asthma and
Allergy Foundation of America.
The exhibit also includes a work in
progress to be installed at the Union Kitchen under construction in the northeast
Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Ivy City. The mosaic piece is intended to
bring awareness to the power of food and art to create culture, community and
employment opportunities throughout the District.
The exhibit was developed by Arts
on the Block (AOB), which provides job training through the visual arts to
creative youth in the D.C. area. The artists are in residency, which gives
visitors the opportunity to meet and watch the apprentices creating art. The
artwork is a collaboration of the participants in AOB programs over the last 12
years and individual artworks by AOB alumni and a dozen Mayor Marion S. Barry
Summer Youth Employment Program enrollees, who are guided by teaching artists
Sonal Sheth and Athena Corbin.
will close with a reception 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, catered by Union
Kitchen featuring Union Kitchen Members Dirty South Deli, Quickstep Catering,
and Haute Saison.The Pepco Edison Place Gallery is
open with free admission noon to 4 p.m. each Tuesday through Friday and is
located at 702 Eighth St., NW, Washington, DC. For more information and updates,
visit www.pepco.com, follow us on Facebook and Twitter at PepcoConnect, and
download our mobile app at www.pepco.com/mobileapp.
About Arts on the Block: Arts on the Block is the only organization in the
Washington, DC area offering youth the opportunity to learn about the
intersection of art, design and business by engaging them in real-world art
projects. Today, hundreds of individual artworks from park benches to
large-scale murals - grace public and private spaces throughout the area. These
commissions transform neighborhoods and youth in their pursuit of creativity,
collaboration and community. For more information about Arts on the Block,
please visit www.artsontheblock.com.