Project Youth showcases art and performances at annual Project Youth Arts Festival

GORHAM — The Family Resource Center’s annual Project Youth Arts Festival will take place at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham on Friday, April 14, with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. The multimedia art exhibit that showcases the talents of school children from kindergarten through eighth grade. Students from the Berlin and Gorham Afterschool Programs will display their completed artwork for families, friends and the public to view during the family event.

Along with showcasing their visual arts, students will also take part in performing arts under the direction of Youth Beatz, a performance-based enrichment program. Youth Beatz is led by Rich Regione, a professional drummer who is known as Mr. Rich. A New Hampshire native who travels the country introducing students to themes such as rhythm, respect and physical fitness, Mr. Rich worked with students in Berlin-Gorham to create an energizing performance for the event.

"Youth Beatz is comprised of rhythm, exercise and coordination," said FRC Project Youth Director Judy Arsenault. "It allows our students to experience performance in a very positive and educational way."

Students from Edward Fenn Elementary School, Gorham Middle School and Berlin Middle School have been working with Mr. Rich preparing for their Youth Beatz performance at the Medallion Opera House in Gorham.

“We think the audience will be impressed and proud of our students,” added Arsenault.

The annual event invites family and friends of the children in Project Youth and welcomed the public to take part. The students will also be serving refreshments and the art will be on display for several weeks after in the Medallion Opera house in Gorham for all to see. Viewing and refreshments begin at 5:30 p.m. with performances to follow including a special performance, Bus Busters, featuring the Project Youth staff members. The event finishes with the Art Show special awards and concludes at 8 p.m.

The Medallion Opera House is a historic venue located on the second floor of the Gorham Town Hall and has parking available on Railroad Street. Project Youth is a program of The Family Resource Center. The Family Resource Center is a North Country non-profit organization with a mission to build healthier families and strong community connections through the programs they offer. For information on afterschool or family support programs call (603) 466-5190 for information.