VSOA: A new intern program and exhibit

VSOA's Alice Laputka demonstrates during a workshop.

Visionary School of Arts (VSOA), founded in 2009, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that teaches students aged five and older fine art, marketing, business, leadership and community involvement.

Over the years, one of the things that has set VSOA apart from other organizations is its growth and evolution, as it has steadily expanded its programs to accommodate its growing student body.

VSOA’s new Internship Program is geared toward exceptional students who demonstrate artistic desire, teachability, an aptitude and proficiency for the arts, and — most importantly — the desire for community involvement. These students will receive extra instruction at once-monthly workshops taught by local guest artists and will include advanced training in such things as composition, color and techniques, and new projects or ideas may be introduced by guest artists.

The first workshop was held in January and featured nationally-recognized pastelist Alice Laputka. She encouraged VSOA’s young artists to break out and experiment. Abstract design and composition were demonstrated and creative play was encouraged.

The new program is geared towards cultivating a sense of community involvement through the arts in the next generation. Visionary Interns will be called upon to volunteer during the nonprofit’s shows and exhibits, including semi-annual art shows, ArtsFest, live painting during the year at special events and other fundraising events throughout Martin County.

The public will have an opportunity to learn more about the program and meet the interns at VSOA’s next show, God’s Great Earth, which will be held on Friday, April 21, from 5:30-7 p.m.

The exhibit features the artwork of VSOA students, ages five-18, teachers and interns. The subject material will include landscapes, botanicals and other examples of the life that make up God’s Great Earth. 

Partial proceeds will benefit VSOA’s Building Fund, needed to house the nonprofit’s growing student body and expanding curricula

Baskets filled with local “goodies” from around town, wine, artwork, and VSOA gift cards will be raffled off.

God’s Great Earth will be held at Infiniti Stuart, 3970 SE Federal Highway, Stuart. The event is free and open to the public, although there is a $5 suggested donation. RSVP at www.visionaryschoolofarts.org.

For more about funding a scholarship, to purchasing raffle tickets or donating to VSOA, email [email protected]


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