Youth for Public Art project on display

R-H Staff

EATON — Preble County Art Association’s Youth for Public Art (YPA) students created two totem poles, one animal and one face themed. Each of the totems consist of 27 hand-sculpted clay mini sculptures threaded on a pole that stands over 5-feet high.

Each piece was created from raw clay material that was formed, fired and glazed to create the final animal or head. The project was worked on twice weekly for approximately 6 weeks. Totem poles created by the YPA students are currently on display at the Preble County Courthouse and will remain on display through January. The courthouse is located at 101 E. Main St. in Eaton.

Youth for Public Art is a program that currently serves at-risk teen boys in Preble County. The boys work with a professional artist to make public art and build skills in art, teamwork, problem solving and community development. The Art Association also provides a family style dinner during which they reflect on challenges or progress made. Transportation for many of the students is also provided.

The Preble County Art Association (PCAA) is a nonprofit organization fueling creativity in Preble County. The PCAA operates the Visual Art Center at 601 Hillcrest Dr. in Eaton which also house the Clay Cafe, a paint your own pottery studio. More information can be found at For questions, call 937-456-3999.

R-H Staff