Image: Lynne Horoschak, Graduate Program Manager for Graduate Studies at Moore’s MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations, with graduate students and their students, 2013. Photo: Greenhouse Media.
If you’ve been to ArtWell’s office, you’ve likely noticed the striking painting “Sandy”, which hangs against a chartreuse wall, picking up the color in the wall and the blues and red brick throughout the office. The work, painted by Lynne Horoschak, looks as if it was made specifically for this location, and all are surprised to learn the painting came to life independently of the ArtWell office. The perfect pairing of painting to location is entirely due to Lynne’s talent in seeing the connection of her work and her surroundings.
Lynne’s talent to build meaningful connections is part of her brilliance. In 2009, Lynne worked with Moore College of Art and Design to create the nation’s first MA in Art Education with an Emphasis in Special Populations. Lynne had seen first-hand the need for art teachers to be better equipped to meet the needs of all students, especially in Philadelphia during her 36 years teaching in the public schools. She was able to realize that Moore could serve as an incubator to provide creativity, ideas, and support to educators who work in challenging settings across our country. Today, this program serves as a model for education as our nation continues to struggle with meeting the needs of our students.
Lynne believes strongly in the importance of art in educating our youth. She has shown her dedication through the time, talent, and care given to educate youth and educators across Philadelphia and beyond. “The arts give a voice to our youth. It encourages dreams where there were none, comfort where there was strife, success where there was failure, and a story where there were no words. Art speaks volumes.”
In addition to her classroom work, Lynne has been a leader in the community through her service on ArtWell’s Board of Directors, which she joined in 2005. Lynne and fellow Philadelphia influencer Miki Young were co-chairs of ArtWell’s Board from 2010 through 2013. Together, they led ArtWell through a strategic process of refining and focusing of our mission, growing in programming and partnerships, and in connecting ArtWell with partners and thought leaders throughout the region.
Lynne’s work with ArtWell has supported a tremendous season of growth. Our programs continue to serve hundreds of students throughout the region each year. The importance of providing youth with creative outlets is clear. As Lynne states, “Integrate art into other disciplines and our youth will reap the rewards of self-confidence and success. Students come to school excited about ArtWell; delighting in experimenting, discovering, learning, and celebrating are the highlights of an ArtWell day.”
Lynne will receive the very first Miki Young Leadership Award at the 2015 ArtWell Awards on October 17th. Miki was well-loved for her passion, transcendent spirit, and overflowing joy. ArtWell remains grateful for the lasting impact Miki made while serving on our Board of Directors, which continues to propel Artwell forward.
ArtWell is very honored to award Lynne Horoschak, who herself is full of passion, spirit, and joy, with the Miki Young Leadership Award. Lynne continues to support youth and educators throughout our region and beyond through her Board Leadership with ArtWell, her work with the National Arts Education Association, as President-Elect in the newly formed Division of the Visual and Performing Arts of Council for Exceptional Children, and through lectures, workshops, and more.
Please join us for the 2015 ArtWell Awards on October 17th as we honor Lynne’s leadership and legacy with joy and celebration.
Image: “Sandy” by Lynne Horoschak, which currently hangs in the ArtWell offices.