The nearest art programs are over 50 miles away from Green River. The distance to these programs and regional poverty prevents many of our residents from participating. In 2011, only 3 out of 25 graduating seniors went on into higher education. Green River youth primarily only experience retail and hospitality based jobs.
The ACE program focuses on mentoring local teens through one-on-one arts internships, teaching art lessons at the High School and in the after school programs, holding all-ages arts workshops and events, and hosting professional artists (Frontier Fellows) who mentor youth and lead community art and design projects.