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FAU’s University Galleries Launch the ‘ReFOCUS’ Arts Integration Mentorship Program

BOCA RATON, Fla. (August 16, 2013) – The Museum Education Program in Florida Atlantic University’s University Galleries has launched an arts integrated mentoring project titled “ReFOCUS,”in partnership with the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County, Belle Glade Teen Center and Resource Depot of Riviera Beach. Select FAU visual art students will work with teenagers from the Belle Glade Teen Center, introducing the high school students to many forms of art and artists whose work is integrally involved with or responding to environmental history and/or contemporary environmental issues.

The program will run weekly from Tuesday, Sept. 3 through Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Center, 350 SW 10th St., in Belle Glade. FAU students will travel to the Center along with Jill Lavetsky, a lead teaching artist and recent FAU M.F.A. graduate.

“FAU is excited to collaborate with the Boys and Girls Club and Resource Depot in a program in which teens and mentors will explore how they can conserve and create art together,” said Rod Faulds, director of FAU’s University Galleries. “We are looking forward to a very successful partnership.”

The goals of “ReFOCUS”are to develop an open dialogue between participants in a safe and positive environment through mentoring; explore the use of recycled materials and the re-imagination of these materials into artworks; make connections between art and the environment; and empower FAU art students beyond the classroom/studios. Through art projects, artists and teens will explore and reflect on important ideas that lie within art-making and environmental issues, while making connections to their own lives.

   ReFocus and other University Galleries Museum Education Programs are made possible in part by the Kaye Endowment for Arts Integration. University Galleries programs are supported in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County; R.A. Ritter Foundation; Beatrice Cummings Mayer; and individual contributors. For more information, contact the Galleries at 561-297-2661 or visit For more information about Resource Depot, visit


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit

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