A new class started last week at Elysian Charter School, our longest-running partners

Arts to Grow is entering their 6th year of partnership with Elysian Charter School in Hoboken, NJ, making it the longest-running school partnership we’ve had! 

The newest class at Elysian began just last week.  It is a theater class called “Scene Study and Performance,” taught by our long-time teaching artist Patricia.  

The class is for 3rd through 8th graders.  Many of the 7th and 8th graders have been attending classes with Patricia through ATG since they were in 3rd or 4th grade!  These kids keep coming back year after year, and have apparently spread the word to their friends, as we have many new students this year as well!  

Many of the more seasoned actors in the class see themselves as mentors to the younger students, creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for all ages in the classroom.

This year, with limited budgets, we’ve found more creative ways to continue expanding our program.  We’re connecting closely with the school by bringing in one of their own staff members. Lynn, a regular teacher at Elysian, often holds special workshops at the school, and teaches at Hudson County Community College as well. 

Lynn has collaborated with Patricia and will teach several class sessions to enhance and diversify the learning experience.  

ATG is so excited to continue our work at Elysian Charter School and to watch our students keep growing!

Pictures from this week’s class:

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Arts to Grow (ATG) engages children in the artistic process by providing free, highly tailored and professionally taught arts education programs to youth in the New York metro area who have limited access to the arts. Arts to Grow collaborates closely with schools and community groups to match performing and visual arts programs and Teaching Artists with the specific needs of each group of children. ATG serves the community and society by helping children develop their full potential through the arts.

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