Propel McKeesport Art Instructor, Brad Gentile, was asked to speak at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Frick Art and Historical Center’s new Orientation Center – the first phase of a $15 million expansion and renovation project. Along with Brad, Frick Art & Historical Center Board of Trustees Chairman Dave Brownlee, Frick Director Bill Bodine, Frick Trustee and Campaign Chairman Chip Burke, and the project architects and representatives from supporting foundations and Democratic Mayoral Candidate Bill Peduto were there celebrate the event. Four Propel McKeesport students were invited to join them to officially break ground!
Over the past two years, Brad established a partnership with “the Frick;” students were able to visit various times throughout the school year and get hands-on experiences that supplemented their classroom lessons. Due to their proven successful partnership, PNC awarded a grant to the Frick to pay all expenses for the 2012-13 school year’s partnership. It was through this collaboration that Brad and his students were invited to participate in the groundbreaking ceremony. Brad spoke of his experience throughout their two year partnership, and how it provided a tactile learning component to students’ education. He commented how his ongoing collaboration with the Frick helped to provide a tactile learning component to students’ education. He also brought four of his students with him, who were invited to help break ground of the new Orientation Center.