Archive for Friday, July 13, 2012

Van Go benches to be unveiled

July 13, 2012


Twenty Lawrence teenagers have spent the summer working with area businesses and agencies to plan and create vibrant outdoor benches through Van Go Inc.’s summer Benchmark project, a jobs training program for high-needs youths. The artists will unveil their benches in a free program starting at 5 p.m. July 20 at Van Go, 715 N.J.

This is the 15th year of the Benchmark program and nearly 250 benches have been commissioned and created. The artists are ages 14 to 18.


Lawrence Morgan 5 years, 9 months ago

Put these all on the web in a slide show, with all the names of the painters.

Maddy Griffin 5 years, 9 months ago

Great program! How do I get a couple of these?

Topple 5 years, 9 months ago

"During Benchmark, each apprentice artist consults with his or her client to develop a design and business plan for their bench."

Each one is custom-designed, so they don't just make an inventory for you pick from.

They aren't cheap either. I believe they cost around $5000-$7500 each.

suggestionbox 5 years, 9 months ago

Loved the bench unveiling last year. I won't miss another one. What a unique win-win program for the young people and for Lawrence.

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