Learning to sculpt was the biggest challenge of the summer for students at Performance Initiatives Fitness. This art project was an evolution of learning not only about art, but self appreciation.
Under the direction of Sculptor Susie Chisholm, students began with a lump of clay and a mirror to create their likeness. Learning the feel of the clay, molding, and hollowing out a bust of themselves began the process for each of the young athletes.
The clay was donated by the City of Savannah Department of Cultural Affairs Department, who also offered assistance by Matt Maggioni, a graduate of AASU’s Fine Arts program. “Our goal was to help each child look at themselves and the world around them in a new and different way,” said Chisholm.
Firing the clay pieces was also made possible by the City of Savannah, who has a kiln able to accommodate large pieces of art.
Eleven young athletes who were transformed to artists displayed their work at an exhibit on August 23, as students, friends, and families gathered at the Savannah Dept. of Cultural Affairs Art Gallery for the Youth Sculpture Show.
Performance Initiatives is a non-profit 501c3 organization based in Savannah, Georgia and the home of Coastal Empire Weightlifting.
The purpose of the organization is to educate and mentor youth and adults by using athletics and fitness. After-school tutoring is offered to area youth, along with Karate classes.
The gymnasium is located at Aldersgate United Methodist Church Family Life Center, 2021 Tennessee Avenue.