(FLINT, MICH.) Creativity will be on display as the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce YouthQuest afterschool program presents ArtQuest 2013.  The art exhibition begins on Wednesday, May 15 and runs through Thursday, May 16 in the atrium of the Diplomat Specialty Pharmacy Building, 4110 S. Saginaw Street in Flint from 3:00 p.m. through 6:30 p.m.

According to Tim Herman, CEO of the Chamber ArtQuest exemplifies the enrichment activities that YouthQuest students participate in throughout the school year.

“ArtQuest provides a way to celebrate the creativity of students in the region,” said Herman.  “This event offers an opportunity for the community to show support for the arts and see the many wonderful projects developed by YouthQuest students.”

The ArtQuest 2013 exhibition is the result of works from more than 2,000 YouthQuest students.  The exhibition features more than 1,000 pieces of artwork, as well as skits, video productions, group projects, cup stacking demos, a musical petting zoo, a roaming magician and musical performances.  Students from 15 YouthQuest schools will participate in the two-day event.

“Creativity expands the mind,” said Rhetta Hunyady, Vice President of Education & Training.  “After the school day is over, YouthQuest provides an enrichment experience designed to enhance students’ leadership skills and increase their appreciation of the arts.  Thousands of YouthQuest students contribute to ArtQuest and the results are always amazing.”

YouthQuest is a free after school program that reaches more than 2,000 K-8 students at 15 school-based sites in Flint and Genesee County managed by the Chamber.  For more information about ArtQuest contact Rhetta Hunyady at (810) 600-1412 or visit www.yquest.org.

Media contacts:

Elaine Redd Flint & Genesee Chamber (810) 600-1418

Regina Strong, APR Flint & Genesee Chamber (810) 600-1421

About the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce

The Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce (flintandgenesee.org) is one of the Top 10 largest chambers in Michigan based on revenue and number of members.  We are the voice of business and community advocacy in Flint & Genesee. The Chamber is over 100 years old, was established before the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and is a founding member of the United States Chamber of Commerce.

Two words describe the Chamber as it enters its second century of service: collaboration and partnership. It is our goal to work with government, business, education, nonprofit organizations and consumers to support the growth and development of the community economically, culturally and socially.  For more information,  about the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, visit flintandgenesee.org, follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/GRCC_Chamber,and #seewhatspossible, check out our blog at seeandbseen.org and “like” us on Facebook at facebook.com/FlintandGeneseeChamberofCommerce .

About YouthQuest

YouthQuest is a high-quality, research-based afterschool program offering educational and enrichment activities that engage young minds. Available at 15 sites in the city of Flint and Genesee County, YouthQuest serves 2,000 students in grades K-12 each year. The program is administered by the Genesee Area Focus Fund, a supporting organization of the Flint & Genesee Chamber of Commerce, with support from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation and 21st Century Community Learning Centers. For more information, visit www.yquest.org.