Penny Potter wasted no time in developing her new program. She launched three different Bright Starts classes for one month every Saturday.
The program was received warmly according to Potter. After one month into its run, people had to be put on waiting lists.
"There were only ten in a class because we wanted them to have one-on-one interaction with the educator." Potter said. "They need support and individual attention."
Soon after its beginning stages, Potter began to add more classes. The program offered writing, dance, cartooning, sculpture, weaving, jewelry making, printmaking, and other art options.
McCallum worked closely with Potter as an intern in 1991.
"We worked well together because we both wanted the kind of training and opportunity in arts that we're making available now." McCallum said. "We're both very committed, making sure young people have the opportunity to not just be exposed but have really strong training preparation for different art forms."
Potter retired in June 2002; McCallum has taken over as program director since her retirement.
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