Careers in Creativity

Careers in Creativity

Careers in Creativity

“Careers in Creativity” an opportunity for local teens to explore futures in the arts


Martins Creek – Next week, local artists and musicians will converge upon Mountain Youth School for an unprecedented hands-on version of career day.

“Careers in Creativity,” a program to enhance appreciation of the arts both as an outlet for creative expression and as a potentially fulfilling career, will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, February 6-7, connecting middle and high school students to local artists and craftspeople who are positive role models.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the Cherokee County Arts Council, this two-day event will include four vastly different creative outlets: pottery/sculpture, watercolor painting, bluegrass music, and wood burning.

The event begins at 8:30 AM and concludes at 2:20 PM each day, culminating with an art show and performance at 1:00 PM on Thursday, in which students will display their creations and share what they learned during the event.

Participating local artists/tradespeople include painter Kathy Chastain of Brasstown; potter Mike Lalone of Murphy; guitarist “Sonny” Reighard of Topton; and carpentry/masonry instructor Nathan Davenport of Murphy. Legendary banjo picker Bill Pruett, a music instructor at the Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center in Graham County, is also slated to make an appearance.

The nearly fifty local students in grades 6-12 enrolled at Mountain Youth School will benefit from exposure to and interaction with local artists who have a passion for working with youth, and who will be ideal role models for whom the students could base a realistic idea of a career in the arts, either as a small business owner/entrepreneur, professional artist, gallery owner/employee, professional musician, art teacher, or any of dozens of other careers in the arts.

Through the “Career Cruising” interest and aptitude survey, most students have been matched with at least one

potential career in the arts. This two-day program to expose students to several types of art is a wonderful career shadowing opportunity, and will provide ample time to explore these areas so students can see if they want to pursue arts as a career.

Students will utilize the skills and imagination required for production of various types of art to translate into useful life lessons in structure, planning, and budgeting, as well as free-thinking, individuality, and innovation.

Nurturing hobbies in the arts is a tremendous benefit for at-risk students, not only promoting high school graduation by generating excitement about attending school, but also will provide an outlet in which they can express their individuality and release energy in a positive manner.

To learn more, call Mountain Youth School at (828) 837-6775, or visit