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The COLORs Youth Outreach program was founded in 1993 by Laura Baker Pinkley as an after-school arts program for underserved youth, modeled after a program pioneered in Harlem, New York.
For over 25 years, COLORs provided thousands of children in elementary and middle school a safe and positive learning environment during critical after-school hours.
When COLORs went on indefinite hiatus in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Spartanburg Art Museum staff knew this was a perfect opportunity to refashion this beloved program to better meet the needs of students in the 21st century. As we surveyed the state of after-school programs in Spartanburg County, we noticed a void in offerings for high school students interested in the arts. Thus, The Colors Collab was born.
The Colors Collab is collaborating with Spartanburg Citizen Scholars in summer 2023.
Spartanburg Citizen Scholars are providing youth, through mentoring and program support, the life skills, knowledge, and character development needed to obtain college scholarships, complete college, and become contributing citizens.
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