Winchester Skate Team Presents Art Installation
The arts have always been a part of authentic skateboarding culture, and the Winchester Skate Team will showcase its members’ artistic talents in “Backside/Frontside: An Exploration of Style and Form,” an art installation exhibit, beginning Tuesday, July 23 and continuing through Friday, Aug. 2 at the Winchester Cultural Center Gallery, inside the Winchester Cultural Center, at 3130 S. McLeod Drive, just north of Desert Inn Road. A reception for the artists will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26.
The Winchester Skate Team, created by cultural writer and professional skateboarder Hektor D. Esparza, uses young people’s interest in skateboarding to help them cultivate their creative abilities and find their own path to a fulfilling future.
Youth ages 12 to 19 audition to be on the skate team each January. Twelve members are selected to be on the team for one year, during which their skateboarding activities, as well as skate products and accessories, are sponsored by Push Forward, a non-profit organization created by Esparza. In return, each skater must practice a musical instrument or study a visual art form, perform volunteer services for Winchester Cultural Center, maintain passing academic grades and be on track to graduate high school.
Team members meet weekly for presentations and workshops regarding higher education, nutrition, the arts and more. The skaters are invited annually to show their artwork in a group show in Winchester’s art gallery. Last year, the skate team alumni were invited to participate with the current year’s team in a show comprised of painted skate decks, mixed media pieces, paintings and drawings. This year, the team will be going three dimensional by filling the gallery with sculptural representation of themselves in a cardboard skate park. Professional artists will assist with the production and installation of the group art show.
Those interested in “Backside/Frontside: An Exploration of Style and Form” can contact Winchester Cultural Center at (702) 455-7340 or visit the website at www.ClarkCountyNV.gov.parks. Clark County Parks and Recreation also can be found on social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.
Clark County is a dynamic and innovative organization dedicated to providing top-quality service with integrity, respect and accountability. With jurisdiction over the world-famous Las Vegas Strip and covering an area the size of New Jersey, Clark is the nation’s 12th-largest county and provides extensive regional services to more than 2 million citizens and 43 million visitors a year. Included are the nation’s 8th-busiest airport, air quality compliance, social services and the state’s largest public hospital, University Medical Center. The county also provides municipal services that are traditionally provided by cities to almost 900,000 residents in the unincorporated area. Those include fire protection, roads and other public works, parks and recreation, and planning and development.