LCCAA Youth Program Partners with FireFish Arts

posted 8/17/15 -- Lorain County Community Action Agency has partnered with FireFish Arts to provide summer arts programs for youths in Lorain. Twelve young men and women have participated in the program which will culminate with the FireFish Arts Festival Sept. 26 in downtown Lorain. "The participants are thriving, shining young artists who are excited about the community coming together to see their artwork," said Joan Perch, FireFish Chairperson. "Together they created the most significant piece for the festival." Individual and group works of art will be featured at the Festival, including a large scale puppet created by the students with master artist Daniel McNamara. Other programs for the summer have been supported by local businesses and volunteers. Funding has been provided by PNC Bank, Dollar Bank and Lorain National Bank. Projects have included:

Creation of a new logo for the Charleston Coffee House on Broadway in Lorain. Workshops with local native and Pulitzer Prize winning poet Bruce Weigel. Financial Literacy seminars provided by PNC Bank. Several of the participants in the program were enrolled through Ohio Means Jobs' Workforce Development Program. Soniqua Morries, a student at Ohio Business College, signed up because of her love for art.

"I love art, so when I saw the opportunity I thought it was a good idea to join," she said. "When I showed up the first day and began working it was more fun than I expected." Several other students were recommended for the program by art teachers at Lorain High School. "Students who participate in creative art programs develop creative thinking skills and build self-confidence -- skills they need to be successful in life," Perch said. "The students are already excited about coming back next summer." The FireFish Arts Festival is free and open to the public. Downtown Lorain will become a stage for an array of art, dance and music. Local food and beverage vendors, regional artists and artisans, and interactive activities will round out the festival. Sponsorship opportunities are still available at Read more in The Morning Journal here.