Hard-working and reliable

Hard-working and reliable

PROSOCO-commissioned artwork supports underserved local youth.

Aug. 8, 2017

A welcoming new addition will now be greeting visitors to our Lawrence, Kan., office. PROSOCO commissioned a brand new, custom bench from Van Go, a local organization for underserved youth in the Lawrence area, and the final product is sure to grab attention.

The bench, titled Hard Working and Reliable, was designed and painted by Van Go Apprentice Artist Elijah Salyer over his summer break from high school. Elijah incorporated several elements of PROSOCO’s products into his design.

“I created the design on this bench to convey the various products and materials the company works with, as well as the ways they are applied,” Elijah said of his work. “I hoped to show the qualities of hard work, protection, and reliability.”

Elijah’s project was particularly challenging: displaying PROSOCO’s varied line of products and incorporating the benefits of those products visually. “I had zero idea what I was going to do or how I was going to put into art. Usually the artwork I do is pretty straightforward like a figure drawing. This was a real challenge.”

The bench was commissioned as part of Van Go’s JAMS (Jobs in the Arts Make Sense) program, its year-round, nationally recognized and award-winning youth employment program for at-risk teenagers. The program uses art to prepare teens for real-world employment structures to prepare them for future situations. Participants are paid a minimum wage to create commissioned art for community partners throughout Lawrence.

The bench was unveiled at an event at Van Go in Lawrence on July 21, 2017, along with all other benches for the summer session. Several PROSOCO employees attended the event.

Elijah is especially thankful for the experience as it prepared him for his next challenges in life.

“Working as an Apprentice Artist at Van Go has helped me learn job skills and gain work experience,” he said. “I take pride in being a respectful, punctual, responsible, and reliable employee. Following high school, I am considering attending art school, community college, or working as a freelance artist.”  


Want to see the bench for yourself? It's currently on display at the entrance of our headquarters in Lawrence, 3741 Greenway Circle, Lawrence, KS 66046.


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