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Here’s how you can help bring a youth-centric arts and sciences festival to Wilmington

Nonprofit 4youth Productions is joining Wilmington Placemakers to host Gravity, the first youth-centric arts and science festival to take place in Wilmington.

Two 4youth Productions students working with Arduino. (Photo courtesy of Theresa Emmett)

Photographer Theresa Emmett started her nonprofit, 4youth Productions, as a means of getting underpriveleged Wilmington 5th-8th graders exposure to the arts and sciences. She’d take the kids to art shows and festivals where they’d sell their own art, and the profits would go toward individual college funds.
Now, in partnership with Wilmington Placemakers, Emmett is hosting a youth-centric arts and sciences festival of her own. It’s called Gravity, and according to Emmett, it’s the first festival of its kind to take place in Wilmington.
“Through our family friendly art and science activities, we would like Wilmington’s youth to have the opportunity to discover what it feels like to be an artist and a scientist for the day,” Emmett said. “A main goal of our festival is to expose Wilmington’s low-income youth to opportunity and allow them to dream. [The] majority of Wilmington’s inner city youth are unaware of not only the multitude of career paths in art and science, but also the fact that they can become a future artists, entrepreneur, engineer, or scientist here in Wilmington.”
Emmett said she wants her students to know they can launch successful careers as artists and scientists when they grow up.
4youth Productions and Wilmington Placemakers have partnered with the Creative District, Downtown Visions and the University of Delaware so far. The organizations are looking for financial sponsors, but they’re also looking for partners that are able to help with planning.

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