FAM Announces Artist-in-Residence Melinda Cook Joins The Museum for Artivation

Freeport, Illinois – The Freeport Art Museum is proud to announce Melinda Cook will join the Freeport Art Museum this summer as an Artist-in-Residence for the Artivation program taking place June through August.

Summer Artivation; Art that Activates is a collaborative program between the Freeport Art Museum, the Boys and Girls Club of Freeport/Stephenson County and the NCS Youth home. Artivation utilizes the arts to engage youth throughout the summer to prevent summer learning loss, or “summer slide” as it is often known. The program is
developed to promote learning over the break in fun and effective ways and presents students with opportunities to become active in their community through public arts projects.

Melinda Cook will be leading the public arts projects that will be installed in a variety of locations downtown. A native Freeport resident, Ms. Cook received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago and taught art at Freeport Middle School from 2009 to 2015. “I hope to cover as much of Freeport as I possibly can in color and magic” states Cook, whose work can be followed on her instagram page @make_dont_break.

Summer Artivation has been made possible, in part, through grants from the Freeport Community Foundation and US Bank Foundation. The Freeport Art Museum is a private, not-for-profit organization that works to promote an understanding of art and culture through collections, exhibitions, and educational programs. Their vision is to contribute to the vibrancy and revitalization of our community by becoming the region’s foremost resource and destination for art.


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