SUDBURY – Cambrian College’s dual credit program and Barrydowne College are pleased to present Bridging the Gap, a collaborative art show, at the Open Studio.
Barrydowne College, an alternative secondary school located at Cambrian College, promotes inclusion and alternatives to students who are not successful in a traditional high school setting.
“Student engagement was heightened by the prospect of showing their work downtown, in a professional setting,” says Sarah Cormier, a professor of Cooperative Education and Visual Art at Barrydowne College. “Students already have a passion for the visual arts; however, this opportunity took it to the next level. The opportunity to show their hard work to their family, friends and the public is personal and meaningful.”
Leesa Bringas, the Open Studio’s technician and an artist in her own right who holds a graduate degree in fine arts, says shows like Bridging the Gap impart essential life skills to participants.
“It will allow students to develop real-world art skills and abilities. Communication, aesthetics, physical planning and camaraderie are all important and transferable tools, which will build an interesting show, as well as confidence and character,” she explains.
Bridging the Gap takes place at the Open Studio, 93 Cedar St., suite 303. Exhibition hours are as follows: June 5: 6-8 p.m.; June 6: 4-7 p.m.; and June 7-8: 12-4 p.m.
About Barrydowne College:
Barrydowne College is a Rainbow District School Board re-engagement school that operates in partnership with Cambrian College. This school within a college supports students aged 18 to 20 who benefit from small class sizes and who have not been successful in a regular secondary school. Personalized curricula focus on programming designed to meet student needs as they work towards earning their Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD).
About the dual credit program:
Cambrian College’s dual credit program provides secondary school students with an opportunity to earn a number of credits by participating in apprenticeship training and postsecondary courses that count towards their OSSD, as well as their postsecondary diploma or apprenticeship certification.
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Cooperative Education and Visual Art, Barrydowne College
705-566-8101, ext. 7509
Mary Katherine Keown
Communications officer, Cambrian College
705-566-8101, ext. 6876