Arts Project partners with local program for Latino students

Future Latino leaders will participate in hands-on art workshop at Penn State Lehigh Valley

Center Valley, PA (June 29, 2011) – The Arts Project at Penn State Lehigh Valley is partnering with the Futuros Empresarios (FE) Program organized by the Fé Foundation of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley to provide a full-day art workshop for 34 local high school students from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on July 15. The students will represent nine different high schools throughout the Lehigh Valley. Artists Ron DeLong and Heather Sincavage will lead the 10th- and 11th-graders through self-exploration exercises in design and drawing, and sculpture, respectively.

"We are delighted to be working with the FE Program to provide another dimension to its summer leadership conference," says Ann Lalik, gallery director and arts coordinator at Penn State Lehigh Valley. "This workshop will offer the students experience training in a skill that will engender creative thinking, problem solving, and eye-hand coordination, as well as an opportunity to explore personal motivations."

The workshop will begin with an inspirational talk by the artists, who will share their passion and insight about how the arts impact the world. During the Design and Drawing session, artist Ron DeLong will guide the students in designing and drawing a personal AVATAR. Heather Sincavage will lead a sculpture session in which students will create a stylized sculpture of a real or fictitious animal that represents an aspect of themselves.

The FE Program was launched in 2009 by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of the Lehigh Valley with the objective of delivering comprehensive life skills and entrepreneurial training to Latino students who aim to increase their rate of educational, economic, and social success. The program is sponsored by the generosity of Aetna, DeSales University, and Penn State Lehigh Valley, and receives additional support from more than 20 business organizations across the region. The Arts Project is a new outreach effort at Penn State Lehigh Valley that offers noncredit art programs to organizations and individuals in the community. For additional details, visit

For more information about this event, contact Ann Lalik at 610-285-5261 or email

For information about the FE Program, contact Alvaro A. Diaz, president of the FE Foundation at 610-351-6798 or email


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Last Updated June 29, 2011