All Kinds of News for October 04, 2017
Where art and technology intersect: TechieForLife (TFL) is delighted to announce its brand-new partnership with Art Around the Corner (AAC), a nonprofit organization that recruits and installs public art in historic downtown St. George, Utah. Working closely with AAC's board of directors, a team of TFL student tech experts has revised and deployed a brand-new website, www.artarounthecorner.org.
For the past 14 years, Art Around the Corner has put out an annual Call for Entries to artisans across the nation, with the goal of adding more than two dozen new pieces to the outdoor "sculpture garden" in St. George. Each piece remains in place for 12 months (with several works of art purchased by the City and private collectors each year), then a new collection is installed. The AAC website serves as an important method of recruitment for artists, and provides an online showcase for all sculptures included in each year's show. Thus, AAC sought a highly skilled team to assist with the refresh and rollout of its new site.
"When we learned about TechieForLife, we knew we'd have an outstanding opportunity to work with talented technology professionals, who happen to be college-aged students learning important vocational and life skills," said AAC Board President Susan Jarvis. "Our board feels enormously lucky to be able to benefit from their expertise as we bring our new site online. At the same time, we're able to offer the types of real-world experiences that are an integral part of the TFL program... so we believe it's a huge win/win."
Based in St. George, TechieForLife serves the educational needs of students who are described as neuroatypical, socially or emotionally delayed or have learning differences. TFL offers a college experience emphasizing studies in coding, web development and other leading-edge technologies, combining classroom instruction with life skill coaching. "We walk our students into successful adult life," said TechieForLife Founder and Executive Director Jason Grygla. "We're especially delighted to work with the Art Around the Corner board to help create an engaging website; one that will get the community excited about viewing the beautiful artwork on display downtown. Our students are really enjoying the interactions with the board members: We see their confidence level increase with every meeting, and every opportunity they have to contribute to this project."
With the oversight of Grygla and Tech Coach Joseph Cowdell, TFL students Amber Cosby and Lee Grygla are serving as project managers on the new AAC website.
TechieForLife (TFL) is a co-ed, young adult, residential and licensed vocational school located in St. George, Utah. Dubbed "Silicon Sands," Southern Utah is home to one of the fastest growing tech sectors in the U.S. Neuroatypical students who need a safe social and emotional environment gain important life skills, mentoring and marketable technoloy training, leading to internship/job placement through TFL's close private sector partnerships. TechieForLife gives students a place to belong and the supports to succeed.