For the 2013 Summer "Young World Art Camp", the Bare Hands Art Club Director, Julie Watters, enlisted local artists Michael Swann and the Alabama Funk Collective to provide creative mentoring through projects focused on reclaiming and personalizing materials while fostering a healthy concepts of self-expression and identity. Students were invited to participate in discussion of abstract topics, make paintings, wearable art and other 3D constructs, go on materials exploration walks, and participate in filming and interviewing. At the beginning of each session, students, artists and accompanying YW staff formed fun working bonds by sharing information about themselves that ranged from how they feel to their favorite color or food, to the group's overall favorite: "If I could have a super power, it would be…"
Bare Hands Art Club began in April 2010 as part of the organization's mission to nurture artists and the community in which they live. When Bare Hands asked to support the outstanding work of the YWCA, the YW suggested a focus on the arts for their after-school program. Since then, the program has transitioned from periodic lessons by a single instructor to provide Summer intensive sessions, with contributions from multiple artists.
One day, Bare Hands hopes to provide enough supplies, Artist mentors, and a creative studio for the YW Art Club to take place year-round.
Video Shot and Edited by Robert de Buys
India Aria, "There's Hope"