Pop-Up Gallery

Program Spotlight | Posted on December 9, 2016

Both Building Futures Now (BFN) and EPACENTER ARTS believe in the power of partnership. In 2016, our organizations aligned to enrich the educational and developmental opportunities for youth in BFN’s after school program. The EPACENTER ARTS “Cabinet of Curiosity” project brought arts education alongside BFN’s existing curriculum. When we work together, youth benefit.

Through words, performance, and visual arts, youth explored three questions:

  • What does community mean to you?
  • How do you feel when you create a work of art?
  • What challenges does the world face and what can you do to help solve them?

EPACENTER ARTS artists led students through the creative process – from concept, to creation, and finally, to the transformation of a program space into a pop up gallery. Over the course of three months, 19 youth evolved into practicing artists. Over 120 family and community members, artists, and youth attended the “Cabinet of Curiosity” gallery opening. Check out some of their amazing work below and visit our Facebook page to see the rest

“Hello Color Skies”
There are many challenges in art – all the way down to making straight lines – but art also makes answers. Art means peace to me and it’s important for this world because it brings everyone together. I plan to make an impact by inspiring young kids to be artists.   – Brandon Perez


“That Says It All”
As an artist, I want to create images that pop, have a message, and catch people’s eye. In this piece, I wanted to make a statement without having to use words while also challenging the viewer to ask what it might be saying. I am passionate about art because it gives me a way to create my own world and express myself.
– Naomi Perez


I Iike using the camera for art because you can express yourself by showing things that people might not see. I hope my art shows people to look at the world in a different way and motivates them to use their creativity. It’s not important to me to be called an artist. I just want other people to see that they can be creative.   – Ricky Auimatagi