Walton Arts Center Kicks Off Youth Volunteer Corp Program

Photo courtesy of the Walton Arts Center.

Photo courtesy of the Walton Arts Center.

The Walton Arts Center has announced that for the second year, they will have a Youth Volunteer Corps program, according to a news release put out today.

The program allows students to expand their knowledge of careers in the arts. This year, through a competitive process, nine students were selected to participate in the Youth Volunteer Corps. Those students were: Marriah Geels, Natalie Lucas, Chynna Todd, and Branden Watson from Har-Ber High, Sarah Shepherd from Farmington High, David Whisel from Central Jr. High, Madison Whisel from Hellstern Middle School, and April Zenteno from Prairie Grove High.

The educational program is a semester long and serves as a volunteer opportunity for high school students age 13 to 18 that have a strong interest in the arts and arts presenting.

“This program opens all the doors of Walton Arts Center, whether backstage or box office,” says Katie Williams, Walton Arts Center’s learning manager and the program’s facilitator. “We strive to give Corps members an insider view of everything that goes into a vibrant arts organization.”

“Youth Volunteer Corp participants volunteer at up to 10 public Walton Arts Center shows and explore different arts-business areas such as the box office, communications and production. They are matched with a Walton Arts Center mentor who specializes in the arts field that interest.  Members assist in presenting shows and are honored at a culminating reception with their families at Walton Arts Center,” the news release stated.