Engaging youth voices in the future of the city, the Union Project will create 1,500 individual pieces of art with at risk youth to be distributed to the artists -- young people at risk -- and the surrounding community, rather than creating a single piece of art to be shown publicly, . The young artists will be asked to address an important central question: What is Your Dream for the Future?
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(CUP) will work with 500 youth at risk, including youth transitioning out of foster care, to create three sets of 500 mugs to be distributed in three different ways. One set of 500 mugs will go directly to the youth artists. The second set of mugs will be given to all attendees of the Union Project's annual Martin Luther King Day, Jr. Celebration in January 2010. The third set of mugs will be given away at the Union Project's Eat UP café to the community, helping to enhance a customer base for the cafe which trains young men and women through our Youth Barista Program.
The mugs will be created using an award winning decal process refined by CUP staff over the past three years and recognized for its innovation by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, American Craft Council, and Ceramics Monthly. This process allows any small piece of art to be transfered to a production pottery piece. The art can be one color or full color, and has no limits but size and the imagination of the young artists.
By distributing these pieces in multiple ways throughout the Pittsburgh community, and to the artists themselves, the project will validate their artistry while sharing their vision of the future, and opening up important cross communication with youth and their community.