Teens learn fine art, marketing skills at Y-Arts fundraiser

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Aspiring artists learned how to make a profit from their passions with help from veteran vendors.

The YMCA Youth Institute and local artists sold artisan goods during their Annual Y-Arts for the Holidays fundraiser on Saturday.

Institute instructors taught teens the basics of photography, painting and drawing. The kids then displayed their works alongside their creative colleagues.

Experienced vendors also showed first-timers the ropes of interacting with the public and how to make a sale.

Youth Institute Outreach Director Kyle Zvejnieks said the program and subsequent fundraiser helps young artists develop fine art skills before showing them how to market their products.

“They build skills in photography, filming, graphic design, and then they get a chance to – having developed those skills – then take their art and advertise it or promote and sell it here,” Zvejnieks said. “It’s a great experience for them to learn how to run a booth.”

A portion of the proceeds will help fund travel expenses for YMCA’s World Service Teen Exchange program.

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