Arts Center’s youth advisory council opens a pathway to successful, productive futures


Art Works: It’s a call to action by the Washington, D.C.-based National Endowment for the Arts, which uses the simple, two-word proclamation to describe an ongoing arts enrichment campaign that has grown to nationwide stature.

Its purpose, say organizers, is to fund, promote and strengthen the creative capacity of communities by providing diverse opportunities for arts participation.

The message hasn’t been lost on Chandler’s arts visionaries.

A group organized by Chandler Center for the Arts once again will be offering the city’s Youth Advisory Council program to teens who not only have an interest in the arts but who see the value of developing leadership skills as they get closer to adulthood.

West Chandler teen Nick Iwanski was quick to endorse the program, saying it opened multiple doors to what he sees as an exciting, productive future. His opinion: “I loved it.” 

Applications are being accepted for the 2016-2017 session of the council, during which teens will focus on arts appreciation, community service and leadership skills designed to encourage them to become well-rounded community leaders as well as advocates for the arts.  

The council’s program, which is free to participants Valleywide, requires members to be 13-18 years old and attending a public, private, parochial, charter or home school.

Throughout the program, teens serve for a year as members of a Chandler Center for the Arts advisory council. They engage in experiential 3-hour sessions from September through February that are designed to provide hands-on, real-world leadership situations of a performing arts center.

Teens complete the program having gained increased knowledge of career opportunities, financial responsibility, leadership skills, small- and large-group dynamics and public relations and marketing.

The Youth Advisory Council program is free to participants. Teens are expected to miss no more than three sessions during their term as members. A certificate of completion is awarded each teen at the conclusion of the program year, and the class list will be prominently displayed in the lobby.

Applications are accepted now through early September. Interviews are conducted on Sept. 14, and a maximum of 15 teens are selected.

The program starts in September and concludes in March.

Information and program application:


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