We received an email from Michelle Anguiano from the Lighthouse Girls Treatment Program (in Ottawa County) the other day, and wanted to share this information with all of you! We had the pleasure of hearing from some of the girls in the Lighthouse Treament Program at one of our previous Inspire! Events, where they were gracious enough to be our panelists. After that point, the Lighthouse Girls have done some volunteering with us (whenever it's been possible) at The Momentum Center, as well as working with Cali in the Just Goods store.
The Ottawa County 20th Circuit Court Lighthouse Girls Treatment Program and the Ottawa Intermediate School District would like to cordially invite you to preview the Artprize 10 installation entry “Masked”.
The Lighthouse girls, who have collaborated with Angie Briggs Johnson from the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District to create this Artprize 10 piece, will be available at installation venue “The B.O.B” in Grand Rapids to share their stories and represent their piece on Wednesday September 12, 2018 and Wednesday September 19, 2018 from 1pm-4pm.
The piece is a youth collaboration entry and will be on display to view and vote on at “The B.O.B”. The Youth Collaboration Award invites any school or eligible non-profit organization serving K-12 students across the US the opportunity to enter a collaborative piece into ArtPrize 10 to compete for one of two cash prizes: $2,500 prize awarded by public vote and $2,500 prize awarded by a jury. A Youth Collaboration Award Entry is defined as an ArtPrize collaborative entry that includes a Lead Artist (over the age of 18) working in collaboration with two or more artists under the age of 18 and is part of a project or program organized by a K-12 school or an education-focused 501(c)(3) arts non-profit organization.
The Ottawa Area Intermediate School District provides daily education for the Ottawa County Juvenile Detention Center including art class. Angie Briggs Johnson the art instructor, has over 20 years of experience working with the juvenile population and within the creative arts community, Angie also owns Selah Art Studio located in Jenison, Michigan.
Angie and the Lighthouse Team utilized plaster material to create the intricately detailed masks of the girls participating in the Lighthouse Program, each mask represents the girl’s journey in life and each girl created symbolism that will help them to share their own individual story. The “masks” are used in treatment as a representation of how they feel on the inside and what people are not able to see. The girls are able to creatively process their feelings of rejection, pain, anger and hurt that they have acted out negatively on in the past. It is a therapeutic healing tool when we review trauma, grief, loss, and moving forward in their lives. The “mask” gives them an outlet to express themselves in a more positive and healthy way.
Artprize 10 runs from September 19 to October 7, 2018. The entry will be displayed at “The B.O.B” located at 20 Monroe Avenue in Grand Rapids, MI 49503.
For more information on the Artprize installation, the venue and how to vote go to the website at www.artprize.org search the entry “masked”.
Michelle Anguiano, LMSW, CAADC, CFTP
Lighthouse Treatment Supervisor
Ottawa County 20th Circuit Court Juvenile Detention Center
West Olive, Michigan 49460