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Children’s Art Exhibit

January 12 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Join The Empowerment Factory at our Children’s Art Exhibit Opening. See over 70 pieces of artwork from our Creative Squad Programs, “Nature Drawing” and “Reading Adventures: Trash to Treasure” will be on display. In addition, original pieces by TEF Founder and local artist Gail Ahlers will be available for sale with 50% of the proceeds going to fund programs for Rhode Island’s underserved youth. The show will remain open through March 2023 and on view during City Hall hours. Admission is free.

The Empowerment Factory Children’s Art Show was funded through the City of Pawtucket Arts Panel Grant with support from the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Art and Culture.

Creative Squad programs have been delivered in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education, local school departments and government offices, and other local youth organizations.

“The Empowerment Factory programs helped my daughter, who is dyslexic and shy. They helped her gain confidence in her hand eye coordination, improved her handwriting, and increased her confidence.”

“I’m a parent of an only child, and I constantly look for things to do as a way to get my son involved and away from media and technology. The Empowerment Factory does a phenomenal job connecting with kids, young adults, and parents.”

Creative Squad programs “Nature Drawing” and “Reading Adventures: Trash to Treasure” are exceptional opportunities for grades 2-5 to raise awareness about our impact on our planet. They do this while fostering children’s fine motor skill development, self-confidence, and civic pride through art, literacy, and environmental science.

The “Reading Adventures: Trash to Treasure” program gathers students in-person to read and write stories, engage in discussions, and collaborate on fun, hands-on art projects with environmental themes including the importance of recycling, reusing, and repurposing materials.

During the 7-week, synchronous online “Nature Drawing” program, students explore facts about endangered animals and species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) and learn how to draw a different animal every week in a fun and easy-to-follow step-by-step process.


Photo of two students with mixed media art panels, 12” x 12” each

Mixed media 12″ x 12″

Photo of student in Nature Drawing program showing her Rusty Patched Bumble Bee drawing

Colored Pencil Rusty Patched Bumble Bee

Photo of 54” x 42” multimedia (acrylic paint with recycled aluminum flowers) collaboration with the students from the Trash to Treasures program

Acrylic paint with recycled aluminum flowers 54” x 42”


January 12
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm


Pawtucket City Hall
137 Roosevelt Avenue
Pawtucket, RI 02860 United States
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