The Beauty of Bronze is Art on the Avenues’ annual arts education program which gives area fifth graders the opportunity to discover and reflect on the sculpture in their community while working with a professional artist to create and exhibit their own small bronze sculptures.
Each fall through the Beauty of Bronze program, approximately 600 local fifth-graders get the opportunity to:
- Tour the Art on the Avenues Sculpture Garden with community volunteer docents
- Learn about specific sculptures from professional sculptor and artist-in-residence, Kevin Pettelle
- Tour backstage at the Performing Arts Center
- Sketch and study individual sculpture pieces in the collection
- Work collaboratively to create temporary environmental sculpture from natural materials in the Andy Goldsworthy Challenge
- Create a wax sculpture which will be sent to a foundry and cast in bronze
- Attend a public artists’ reception held in their honor featuring their bronzes in conjunction with the community’s First Friday program.
Art on the Avenues’ 2016 Beauty of Bronze program was made possible by support from:
Robert B. McMillen Foundation
Community Foundation of NCW
WA State Arts Commission
Wenatchee Arts Education Consortium
John Newberry, Lewis & Clark, Mission View, River Academy, Sunnyslope, Washington, and Valley Academy PTSAs
Numerica Performing Arts Center
Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center
Wenatchee School District and the WSD Enrichment Program, School to Work
Chelan County Parks and PUD
Thanks also to our many parent and community volunteers and helpers. We could not have done it without you!
Art on the Avenues’ mission through the Beauty of Bronze program is to promote in our local children appreciation, understanding, and a sense of ownership in their community’s sculpture exhibit and instill the knowledge that art in its many forms is for everyone and that each person has the capacity to create.