The Jaffe Center for Book Arts hosted the Barb Schmidt Fellows on Saturday October 14, 2019 for a day of art, learning and fun at the Wimberly Library.
The Barb Schmidt Fellowship is a scholarship from the College of Arts and Letters for high school students that gives students college credit as they the participate in monthly workshops that focus on student-driven activism and community engagement. At the end of their fellowships, the students produce a project.
This month's workshops was held at the Jaffe Center, where the fellows started their day in the Book Arts Gallery with a journaling exercise lead by Barb Schmidt’s daughter, which evolved into a guided meditation for mindfulness led by Barb Schmidt.
After, the fellows had a question and answer session with U.S. Congressman Ted Deutch.
“The students asked some good questions, that Representative Deutch said gave him some new things to think about and to bring to Congress,” said John Cutrone, Director of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts.
The last part of the day was spent letterpress printing. The fellows participated in setting type and printing a collaborative limited edition print.
“I found them to be so engaged and I was really impressed and inspired by their interest and concern for things greater than themselves,” said Cutrone. “Every single one of them was passionate about what they were doing. It was a real honor.”
The Barb Schmidt Fellowship aims to provide student leaders with a platform to develop the skills and knowledge needed to initiate, execute, and sustain a social movement. The fellowship gives students hands on experience through peer mentorship and workshops led by social influencers and FAU faculty.