While many public school fine arts programs face elimination or cuts in funding, Boys & Girls Clubs fine arts programming continues to thrive.

“We are passionate about exposing a large number of our club members to the arts,” said Lisa Patrick, vice president of operations for Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana (BGCNWI). “Researchers from UCLA found students with high arts involvement performed higher on standardized achievement tests, indicating that arts programming can help in the overall development of healthy young people.”

Working to bridge the arts programming gap and bring this exhibit is funding received from the Indiana Arts Commission, South Shore Arts and the National Endowment of the Arts.

“We are thrilled to again host the Boys & Girls Clubs Youth Art Exhibit that highlights the extraordinary artistic talents of club members in both Lake and Porter counties,” said Kristi Jackson, marketing director for Southlake Mall. “It is so exciting to see the results of the clubs’ year-round national fine arts programming.

The exhibit will be showcased at Southlake Mall from Oct. 20-22 during mall hours.

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