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ARTS OFFICIALS SEE TRANSFORMATIVE POWER OF PHOTOGRAPHY IN ACTION

Five arts officials from Madison visited Northwest Passage’s In a New Light Gallery on the last day of January as part of their travels through northwest Wisconsin.

NWP Executive Director Mark Elliott and Development Director Chanda Elliott had the opportunity to speak with George Tzougros, executive director of the Wisconsin Arts Board, a division of the Wisconsin Department of Tourism.

Together with Tzougros, WAB Assistant Director Karen Goeschko, and Folk Arts Program Coordinator Kaitlyn Berle toured the gallery which showcases the photography and artwork of resident youth.

“We spoke about the power of art and nature that is an integral component of our mental health treatment,” said Mark Elliot. “The gallery is a space for youth to celebrate themselves and the natural world around them through photography. The images they capture are amazing pieces of art.”

Arts Wisconsin Executive Director Anne Katz was enthusiastic.“It was quite a thrill to finally see the In A New Light Gallery and the outstanding work by those talented young artists after hearing so much about it over the years. What a wonderful example of creative expression and engagement!”

Arts Wisconsin is an independent non-profit organization that serves as the voice for the arts in Wisconsin.

The photography is on public display and is used for retail products ranging from the 2017 calendar to coffee table books, framed prints and greeting cards. In a New Light Gallery is open Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., located one mile south of Webster on St. Rd 35.

Northwest Passage is dedicated to restoring hope through innovative mental health services for children and families.

Special thanks to Harriet Rice for this opporutnity.

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