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East Providence Resident Gail Ahlers Children's Art Gallery Opening

The Empowerment Factory Children’s Art Show


Pawtucket, RI -- The Empowerment Factory (TEF) invites the public to attend their Children’s Art Show Opening 4-6pm on Thursday January 12th, 2023, at Pawtucket City Hall Art Gallery. Over 70 pieces of artwork from TEF’s Creative Squad Programs, “Nature Drawing” and “Reading Adventures: Trash to Treasure” will be on display. In addition, original pieces by TEF Founder and local artist Gail Ahlers will be available for sale with 50% of the proceeds going to fund programs for Rhode Island’s underserved youth. The show will remain open through March 2023 on view during City Hall hours. Admission is free.

The Empowerment Factory Children’s Art Show was funded through the City of Pawtucket Arts Panel Grant with support from the Mayor’s Advisory Commission on Art and Culture.

A RI-based nonprofit, The Empowerment Factory has designed and delivered enrichment programs to the children of Pawtucket, Central Falls, Providence, and across Rhode Island since 2014, positively impacting more than 6,000 underserved youth and their families.

TEF’s vision is for every child to feel that they can make a difference in the world around them.

Creative Squad programs have been delivered in partnership with the Rhode Island Department of Education, local school departments and government offices, and other local youth organizations.

“The Empowerment Factory programs helped my daughter, who is dyslexic and shy. They helped her gain confidence in her hand eye coordination, improved her handwriting, and increased her confidence.”

“I’m a parent of an only child, and I constantly look for things to do as a way to get my son involved and away from media and technology. The Empowerment Factory does a phenomenal job connecting with kids, young adults, and parents.”

Creative Squad programs “Nature Drawing” and “Reading Adventures: Trash to Treasure” are exceptional opportunities for grades 2-5 to raise awareness about our impact on our planet while fostering children’s fine motor skill development, self-confidence, and civic pride through art, literacy, and environmental science.

TEF’s “Reading Adventures: Trash to Treasure” program gathers students in-person to read and write stories, engage in discussions, and collaborate on fun, hands-on art projects with environmental themes including the importance of recycling, reusing, and repurposing materials.

During the 7-week, synchronous online “Nature Drawing” program, students explore facts about endangered animals and species of greatest conservation need (SGCN) and learn how to draw a different animal every week in a fun and easy-to-follow step-by-step process.

Pawtucket children can register now for free winter Nature Drawing programs at   These one-hour online classes meet once per week on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays. All program supplies are provided and hand delivered to students’ homes.

To learn more about how Rhode Island students can benefit from The Empowerment Factory, go to

To support at-risk students across Rhode Island, learn more about donating or volunteering at   or


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