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Youth Program Combines Science and Art


A new after school program in Beckley is bringing Science and Art together. The program is made possible by a grant from the Beckley Area Foundation with the help from the Benedum Foundation and West Virginia Division of Culture and History. 

Dr. Aida Jimenez is the Assistant Professor of Biology in the Department of Natural Science and Mathematics at the University of Charleston in Beckley and director of the after school program.

Jimenez says the program, The Science Behind the Art Experience, is meant to provide a unique extracurricular activity and increase science and art literacy among youth in the region. 

The Science Behind the Art Experience is a six week program that meets two days per week. Students age 13 to 16 will perform college level science experiments and create pieces of art that relate to the science.

Scholarships are available. To find out how to register, visit the website.