Mentoring USA has been selected as the recipient of a percentage of proceeds from sculptor Leah Poller’s #BED exhibition opening this week at Yellow Peril Gallery in Providence, RI. Poller chose Mentoring USA due to its important mission providing mentors to at-risk youth across America to enable them to achieve their potential. Mentoring USA’s program has a proven track record of success as demonstrated by the fact that 100% of mentees have consistently moved on to the next grade level.

Mentoring USA is a leading national one-to-one, site-based mentoring program that provides caring, trained mentors to young people age 7 through 21 to enable them to succeed. “I am pleased that Leah has kindly offered to donate a percentage of profits from the sale of her artwork to support Mentoring USA’s important programs”, said Matilda Raffa Cuomo, Founder and Chair of Mentoring USA.

#BED, a solo exhibition, explores people’s relationship with the bed via small scale mixed media sculptures and site-specific interactive installations by Poller. The exhibition will be shown atYellow Peril Gallery, 60 Valley Street #5 Providence, Rhode Island from Thursday, September 19 through Sunday, October 13.

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About Mentoring USA
Mentoring USA is a leading national provider of one-to-one site-based mentoring programs to enable young people to achieve their potential. Mentoring USA works with children from elementary school to youth aging out of the foster care system to help them make positive life choices, bridge the achievement gap and combat school dropout through the support of caring, trained adult mentors. The renowned curriculum includes healthy lifestyles/nutrition, BRAVE (which includes anti-violence, diversity appreciation and anti-bullying components), financial literacy and entrepreneurship initiatives, career development and other programs.

Mentoring USA’s programs have a proven track record of success—100% of the students in Mentoring USA’s school-based and community-based mentoring programs have consistently moved on to the next grade level. Mentoring USA also provides international mentoring programs through Mentoring Italia and Mentoring Espana.

About Leah Poller
LEAH POLLER was born in Pennsylvania. She received classical training in sculpture at the prestigious École Nationale Superieure de Beaux Arts, in Paris, France. Partaking of a rich, multi-cultural environment, Poller interacted with foremost members of the international arts communities of France, Spain, Italy and Latin America. Returning to the United States in 1992, she established her studio in Soho and began the series of “101 Beds” which has been exhibited in galleries and institutions in Europe, Mexico, and throughout the United States. In 2009 Poller moved to Sugar Hill, Harlem. She has recently concluded a 12-year project – The 101 Bed Collection and is working on several portrait commissions. She has been featured on CNN, Fox Television and in numerous art publications. She has lectured extensively and held workshops on creativity. She was named Director of “Intercambios de Arte y Cultural Internacionale”, a not-for profit furthering cultural exchanges between the Americas and spearheading the restoration of a major twentieth century mural, recently discovered to be the work of Philip Guston. For more info about Leah Poller, visit www.leahpoller.com.

About The Providence Athenaeum
THE PROVIDENCE ATHENAEUM, founded as “The Athenaeum” in 1836, is an independent, member-supported library open to the public. As a unique independent, member-supported library and cultural center, The Athenaeum welcomes and enriches the educational and cultural pursuits of its members and the community and encourages a diverse public to engage in spirited conversation. It offers a wide range of experiences by providing and conserving extraordinary collections, offering innovative and compelling programs, promoting and collaborating with the community’s vibrant cultural sector, and highlighting and preserving its historic building. For more info about The Providence Athenaeum, visit providenceathenaeum.org.

About Yellow Peril Gallery
YELLOW PERIL GALLERY is a contemporary art gallery located at The Plant, a historic mill complex in the Olneyville neighborhood of Providence, Rhode Island. The Gallery strives to foster modern art critiques on popular culture and society from emerging and mid-career artists in the United States and abroad. We aspire to exhibit provocative and visually arresting artwork created specifically to ignite conversations long after viewers have left the building. Artists that we represent share our commitment to social responsibility, and a percentage from the sale of all artwork is donated to a charitable organization of the Artists’ choice. For more info about future exhibitions, visit www.yellowperilgallery.com.