The Jeremiah Project
“Just like the clay in the potter’s hand, so are you in my hand”– This line from the Old Testament Book of Jeremiah inspired the creation of a creative arts program at the First Congregational Church of Winter Park, one that reached across the economic and racial divide of Park Avenue to the west side of Winter Park.
We called this program, The Jeremiah Project, so inspired were we at the prospect of molding and shaping lives through this outreach effort. For thirteen years, The Jeremiah Project has provided pottery, digital and performing arts programming for at risk middle school aged students across Central Florida.
Many of the students we serve in this secular program do not have computers in their homes or access to programming at community art centers. With shortfalls facing our public schools, art programming has been one of the first classes on the chopping block. The Jeremiah Project’s after school and summer arts programming is designed to foster self esteem and to enhance creative and critical thinking skills which are a critical 21st century skill set for students and employees.
The Jeremiah Project partners with the City of Winter Park and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Florida. The Jeremiah Project is most grateful for the support of so many, namely:
- The Gurtler Foundation,
- The Galloway Foundation,
- The Hume Foundation,
- The Jaeke Foundation,
- The Welsch Charitable Trust,
- GOBA — Greater Orlando Builders Association,
- Jack Schott and The John Templeton Foundation, and
- Individual contributions from so many generous friends of Jeremiah.
“The mission of The Jeremiah Project is to enhance creative and critical thinking skills and improve self-esteem among at risk youth through creative expression programs. Programs include ceramics, digital and performing arts.”