Art in Public Places (APP)
There can be nothing more important than making sure that those that set policy and lead our community, state, and nation know the impact of the arts in our region at the grassroots levels. At Arts Ensemble we remain actively involved in sharing the amazing resource that art is to every member of our region with delegates and community leaders. (photo: Artist Richard Powers withWinter Haven Area Transit Terminal Award)
Photo right of Arts Ensemble Team in Tallahassee representing
Polk County at Polk County Day 2010.
(Artists, Richard Powers, Ex. Director Jane Waters Thomas, Highway Man Robert Butler. On Right, Artist Austin Thompson and Sheri Fox)
APP Programs Ongoing:
Arts in Business - Mural Programs
Local business owners donate their buildings as canvas for themed wall art. Photos above are taken at the 2011 Art Competition at the site of the Central Florida Repack Building in Winter Haven (Eloise) Florida.
Artists in Residencies
Arts Ensemble Studios is a working studio space and gallery. We are proud of the artists that call this space their home. In this location they teach, share, and give back through their love of the arts daily.
Our Art Family includes:
(click on image for available artist websites)
Founding Artists, Karen Retana & Richard Powers
Karen and Rick began the Arts Ensemble Interantional jouney together in 2005. In 2006 Executive Direcor Jane Waters joined this team and together Arts Ensemble Education Foundation was created.
Adding to the talent of Arts Ensemble many special guests artists have joined our group over the years to assist in the creation of our center and programs; including, Highway Man Robert Butler and Artist Paul Schultz.
Resident Artists Include:
Trent Manning, Tinia, and Deorah Boone
(photographed left to right)
These artists give of their time and talent to not only mentor teen artists that call AEI home, but to also work with those in need in our Healing Arts Programs. __________________________________________________________
Healing Arts Programs
Artists Richard Powers & Tinia lead the efforts of Healing Arts with assistants from many volunteers. Signature outreach in this area includes, but is never limited to, Alzheimer's and Cancer outreach. This program is designed in love, dedication, and patience and provides escape, relief, and healing for clients and their loved ones. (Photo: Bill Fink, Artist Tinia)
Art Retreat - River of Life Art retreats are held 4 times annually and offers escape in nature and the arts. Special Guest Artists are selected for sessions and workshops for these 3 and 4 day art get-away programs. (Photo: Artist Deborah Boone - Center, Tinia Clark - Far Left and various guests at 2011 Retreat)
Arts in Education
Executive Director, Jane Waters Thomas and Jennifer Kenemuth lead special arts and the Urban Arts Initiative (UAI) at local charter schools and private care facilities.(Photo: Ex Director Jane Waters Thomas and a beautiful student doing coffee art)
The UAI is a life skills outreach program where the arts are the medium used to redirect young lives. The staff and instructors of Arts Ensemble work with many nonprofit agencies throughout Polk County to provide the necessary resources for reaching out and bringing education to lives of these students - via personal interest in the arts.
Art is the medium - education is the mission. We work with private early childhood learning centers, local charter elementary public schools, and provide studio class time for Mom and Me groups.
The WRITERS of Arts Ensemble Education Foundation
Writer, Mary Joy
Writer, Donna Kelly
Writer, Yvette Maynard