Paul & Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts
Through the generosity of Paul and Yetta Gluck, the JCC is now offering classes for all ages that foster creativity, personal growth, and community through hands-on learning at Paul and Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts.
Paul and Yetta Gluck have long wanted to do something meaningful for the community. They intended to make the YoungstownAreaJewish Federation and its agencies part of their estate plans. Recently, though, they started thinking they shouldn’t wait. “Because things are needed now,” Yetta said. So Paul & Yetta Gluck School of Visual Arts at the Jewish Community Center of Youngstown was born. “It kind of came to us that there was a School of Dance and a School of Music and the visual arts weren’t being touched upon,” Yetta said. Paul was born and raised in Youngstown. Yetta was raised in New Castle, Pa. but moved to Youngstown when she married Paul. She has lived in the area for almost 56 years. “We’ve received things from Youngstown,” Paul said. “And now it’s our turn to give.” The arts enrich people’s lives, they agree. Paul is himself an artist, though he hasn’t created much in recent years. He majored in art in college. “It was a way to relax,” he said. It helped him prepare for his career. “It actually was a big part of the success of my business, I feel,” he said. Visual arts classes will begin in January. Initial offerings will include exploring art techniques, drawing, painting, paper quilling, and scrapbooking. For now, classes will be held in the JCC Lower Level Multi-Purpose Room, but plans are underway to create a dedicated space for the Paul & Yetta
Gluck School of Visual Arts.
“I want to absolutely give a shout out to Lisa (Long, Federation financial resource development director), Andy (Lipkin, Federation executive vice-president), and Mike (Rawl, JCC director) because they took our thinking, sat down with us, made a plan, and so much more quickly than we ever thought possible,” Yetta said. Paul and Yetta are both happy the classes will start soon. “We feel it’s going to go to such good use because the whole community, we feel, will benefit from it,” Paul said. Yetta added, “We’re really excited about it. I can’t even tell you how excited we are.”
All supplies are included in the class fee unless otherwise noted. There is a three student minimum per course.
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