Women discuss power of art

Leader Staff, news@ptleader.com
Posted 3/13/18

What impact does art make on the lives of young people and adults?

A violin teacher, a youth arts program manager and a weaver are to talk about “Art as Transformation” in an upcoming AAUW …

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Women discuss power of art

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What impact does art make on the lives of young people and adults?

A violin teacher, a youth arts program manager and a weaver are to talk about “Art as Transformation” in an upcoming AAUW (American Association of University Women) Port Townsend program planned for Saturday, March 17.

The panel discussion, featuring Martha Worthley, Linda York and Kristin Smith, takes place from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Elks Lodge, 555 Otto St. It’s the fourth in a series of AAUW programs on “Heroes in Our Midst.”

Worthley has been the program manager for Centrum’s youth programs since 2007, collectively called The Young Artists Project. She is to share stories and pictures that illustrate the power of the arts to make a difference in the lives of the next generation.

York volunteers at Gatheringplace, which helps adults with developmental and other disabilities, on its art day, where she weaves with participants. York plans to describe the various successes and challenges of one particular participant at Gatheringplace who has become a proficient weaver. She also shares the advances made with some of the more challenged participants who weave cooperatively.

Smith played violin in symphonies and chamber groups in Montana and Alberta before coming to Port Townsend to build a boat. She started to teach in the early ’80s and began to embrace various styles of folk violin, thanks to the advent of Centrum's American Fiddle Tunes Festival. This open-mindedness led to a new respect for each of her students’ individual musical goals and creativity, she said.

“Happily, the sheer force of creative spirit is often ready to burst forth in many young people, and we see the result in new music, improvisation, and personal expression.” 

AAUW Port Townsend and its affiliate, The University Women’s Foundation of Jefferson County, promote education and equity through various scholarships and awards, middle school career days, and elementary school projects in literacy and math.

For more information on AAUW projects and membership, visit pt-wa.aauw.net or contact Anne Englander at 360-390-5896.

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