By Denise Dick
Eight Mahoning and Shenango Valley high-school students will get early exposure to careers in the arts beginning next month.
The students are participating in the pilot program Creative State at Youngstown State University with some of the students interested in theater and others in telecommunications. The program is expected to be expanded to include music, dance and art in the fall.
Justin Edwards of YSU’s College of Fine and Performing Arts said the students will visit campus three times over the course of about six weeks.
“They’ll get to see the evolution of a production,” he said.
In theater, for example, students will see rehearsals and then a final production.
The program’s aim is to allow students to explore careers in the arts at a younger age.
“With Creative Start, we will partner with schools to craft an individualized mentoring experience for those interested in our programs,” Bryan W. DePoy, dean of the College of Fine and Performing Arts, said in a news release.
The high-school students will be matched with a YSU student mentor in their particular field of interest.
“They’ll make a connection with the students here,” Edwards said.
The high-school students also will be able to work with YSU faculty as well as the technology and other resources used by the university’s students in those fields.
To be accepted into the program, high school students had to complete an application including an essay explaining their interest in the arts.