Viterbo students majoring in art worked with members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse and other youth from La Crosse on a printmaking project. College students served as positive role models and mentors, while the youngsters were able to express themselves creatively and produce artwork for display—all while benefiting from the exposure and confidence that goes with learning in a college campus setting. The endeavor was made possible thanks to a 3M grant which offered the awards to private colleges that provide youth with opportunities to discover new ways of learning that connects to the larger community. 3M received 40 applications and the Viterbo proposal was one of only four grants that were funded this year. On the Viterbo side, Lisa Schoenfielder, chair of the art department, supervised the project.
The Amie L. Mathy Center is the only joint facility in the United States which houses a Boys & Girls Club and a university. The 3M grant is one indicator that the Mathy Center and its potential to provide unique and innovative opportunities for mentoring and leadership, is generating considerable attention.
Pictured: Andrew Krantz, a Viterbo student as well as director of the art room at the Mathy Center helps a student print his woodcut.