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Youth Art Team Youth Art Team’s Photography On Display at the
Waterloo Center for the Arts
Photography taken by the Youth Art Team will be on display through August 3 in The Viewfinder
Project exhibition at the Waterloo Center for the Arts. The community is invited to attend a Reception and
Ceremony on Thursday, April 24 at 6:00pm, sponsored by the Friends of the Art Center, at the Waterloo Center for
the Arts. The Viewfinder Project involves a group of 25 young people, ages 5 to 17, from Waterloo and Cedar Falls
who set out to see life differently. This exhibition explores what they found after photographing an historic
Waterloo neighborhood for 16 weeks. The Viewfinder Project challenged the Youth Art Team to use creative thinking
in becoming community change makers. The team addressed questions like “What is Ugly?” and “What is
Beautiful?” while learning specific elements of photography including shape, line, shadow, and others. This
exhibition is the culmination of their work.
The Youth Art Team is a group of students ages 5 to 18 who believe that art has the power to change people and
places. Students gather every season to learn, create, and show leadership in our community through large-scale art
projects. The Youth Art Team works to build bridges in the community by offering their time and talent through
works of art. As students learn to solve problems together, they also raise money to help fund their projects and to
share with others. Through their work since 2010, they have financially supported the creative work of people in
Waterloo, Des Moines, Chicago, and Haiti. The Youth Art Team is a project of Link Christian Community
Development, a partnership between Harvest Vineyard Church in Waterloo and Orchard Hill Church in Cedar Falls.
For more information about the Youth Art Team, visit youthartteam.blogspot.com.
The Center’s galleries are free and open to the public Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am to 5:00pm and Sunday
1:00 to 5:00pm. For more information about this exhibition or other upcoming exhibits, programs, classes and
events at the Waterloo Center for the Arts, call (319) 291-4490 or visit www.waterloocenterforthearts.org.
About the Waterloo Center for the Arts
The Waterloo Center for the Arts’ purpose is to initiate and further awareness, appreciation and support of the arts by a diverse audience. It is
a municipal non-profit institution dedicated to fostering community awareness and appreciation of the arts by acquiring, preserving,
exhibiting, and interpreting significant works of art. Operating under the auspices of the Waterloo Cultural and Arts Commission, the Center
and its programs reflect the City of Waterloo’s commitment to and support of arts and culture. The Center for the Arts offers a wide range of
programs, exhibits, and activities to the community. It is home to the Phelps Youth Pavilion, an interactive children’s museum with over 40
hands-on exhibits, and the Center hosts concerts, festivals, and events at the outdoor RiverLoop Amphitheatre, Art’s Mall, Mark’s Park and
Expo Plaza.


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