Morning Edition 6/24: Colors - An Outreach Program By Spartanburg Art Museum

Life, no matter where you come from or where you're going, IS colorful.  That is part of the inspiration for COLORS - a program highlighted as the second segment of a three-part series on race relations in the United States in 2013.

Founder of COLORS, Laura Pinkley spoke with me recently about the now 20-year-old program that works with 'at-risk' children (most of them children of color) to introduce them to the possibilities of learning to express their feelings through art. The program is taught by professional artists - some who have previously gone through the program themselves - and provides professional materials for these young students to use.

The COLORS program will go to the schools or churches where they are needed and offers classes at the Spartanburg Art Museum at Chapman Cultural Center.

This is a wonderful story of a successful program to offer at-risk children an alternative to drugs and violence.