Summer Artivation

Summer Artivation; Art that Activates is a collaborative program between the Freeport Art Museum, the Boys and Girls Club of Freeport/Stephenson County and the NCS Youth home. Artivation utilizes the arts to engage youth throughout the summer to prevent summer learning loss, or "summer slide" as it is often known. The program is developed to promote learning over the break in fun and effective ways and presents students with opportunities to become active in their community through public arts projects.

FAM is thrilled to announce Jenny Mathews will be joining the Freeport Art Museum for the summer as their Artist-in-Residence for the Artivation program taking place June through August. 

She will be leading several public arts projects that will be exhibited in locations downtown including the new Arts Plaza space, slated to open in the fall of 2020. Working with youth from the Boys and Girls Club and the NCS Youth Home participating in Summer Artivation, she will create two large panel works that feature books as their theme.

Ms. Mathews is a visual artist from Rockford, specializing in small watercolor illustrations and large acrylic murals. An example of her large work can be seen gracing the wall outside of Wired Café in Rockford where she was part of the lead team of Cre8tiv: Transformational Art, which produced nine murals in May of this year. Her smaller illustrations are published in many children’s books and she recently completed paintings for the Freeport Public Library’s Aletha Hunt Storybook Forest.

Summer Artivation has been made possible, in part, through grants from the Freeport Community Foundation.