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Join Us Thursday For a Screening of ATG Student Films

UPDATE: The student film screening has been POSTPONED until Thursday, January 9th.  We hope to see you then!

Video Credit: JC Cotti

This week students in our newest program, “Seeing The World Through Digital Media” at Lincoln Park Apartments in Newark, NJ will screen two short films they’ve created over the course of the semester.  Nine children ages 7-13 have studied the art of filmmaking with our Teaching Artist, JC Cotti. The children wrote, acted in, filmed, and edited “Zombie Apocalypse” and “Undercover High School” using JVC HD flip cameras and Final Cut Pro editing software.

JC is working with the students to hone skills such as acting for the camera, improvisation, mime, storytelling, and camerawork.  Each class begins with fun exercises such as improvement games where we see even the shyest children participating; then they shoot scenes for their film. The students rotate roles every few minutes so that everyone has a chance to work both in front of and behind the camera.

JC says that children are “born with creativity and a desire to tell stories,” and teaching them helps him remember what it’s like to “dive in and have fun with the camera”. His favorite moment so far as an ATG Teaching Artist occurred one class just after warm-ups, when a few new children walked in late.  Instead of getting right into shooting scenes, the other students played a quick name game in order to “incorporate everybody and help each other out,” he says.  The class gave the new students parts as zombies and made sure they felt welcomed and included.  That, JC says, is what he feels Arts to Grow is really about—helping children make connections to each other and their community through the arts.

Please join us Thursday, December 12th for a free screening of the students’ work.  See flyer for details:

Arts to Grow programs are taught by professional Teaching Artists, trained working artists with hands-on experience teaching students their art form.  If you’re interested in teaching for Arts to Grow, please visit us at artstogrow.org for more information.

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Frame the Future Auction Funds Another ATG Visual Arts Program

Photo Credit: Mike Tramis

Photo Credit: Mike Tramis

For the past two semesters our cause-marketing partnership with Lowy Frame the Future has brought visual arts programs to children in Manhattan’s Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center.  We are happy to announce that proceeds from the recent Frame the Future gala and silent auction will fund a third visual arts class at Lincoln Square, giving another group of children the chance to experience in-depth arts learning.

Over 70 people attended the gala, held October 30th at the Lowy Frame & Restoring Co. showroom.  35 watercolor still lifes and landscapes created by students in the first visual arts program were auctioned off, and we are delighted to say that each of those paintings was sold.

Thank you to everyone who came out that night to support Arts to Grow and help more children become engaged learners and lovers of the arts.

All Arts to Grow programs are made possible by the generosity of our donors.  To help us bring the visual arts to more under-served children, please donate to the ATG/Frame the Future partnership today.

ATG ‘Frames the Future’ a Second Time; Auction Tomorrow Will Benefit Even More Kids

Photo Credit: Mike Tramis

Photo Credit: Mike Tramis

Our second visual arts program at Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center in Manhattan is off to a great start this semester.  Twelve children, ages 7-10, are actively engaged in creating art under the guidance of ATG Teaching Artist Michelle Hill.  Through this studio-based learning program, students are able to explore new artistic vocabulary, learn how to use and care for high-quality arts materials, and learn to express themselves through concepts such as shading and perspective.  This semester they are studying symbolism as inspired by Marc Chagall, and in November the class will be taking a field trip to The Jewish Museum to see the Chagall: Love, War, and Exile exhibit—a first-of-its-kind trip for ATG students!

Lowy’s Frame the Future program, which has generously sponsored this class for a second semester, is hosting an auction of student work from the first visual arts class at Lincoln Square, which took place last spring.  The gala and silent auction will take place tomorrow night, October 30th, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Lowy Frame & Restoring Co.  All proceeds will benefit future visual arts programs.  We hope to see you there!

All Arts to Grow programs are made possible by the generosity of our donors.  To help us bring the visual arts to more under-served children, please donate to the ATG/Frame the Future partnership today.

ATG Theater Arts Program Comes Full Circle at Elysian Charter School

Photo Credit: Charles Steinberg

Photo Credit: Charles Steinberg

Earlier this month, Arts to Grow kicked off our ninth program at Elysian Charter School in Hoboken, NJ with a Theater Arts program that will run through December.  The class, which is open to students in grades three through five with peer assistants in grades six and seven, focuses on theater performance and play development.  We have 23 students this semester!

We are happy to welcome teaching artist Candace Clift, who has gotten off to a wonderful start with our Elysian students.  Candace is a seasoned actor, director, and stage manager who has taught theater arts to students from third grade all the way through college.  As an educator, she strives to create a safe space for students to create and explore the art of acting with support and ample encouragement.

This year also marks the return of a familiar face to the long-running ATG-Elysian partnership, which started with our pilot program in visual arts in the fall of 2005.  Patricia Runcie began her ATG career as a teaching artist at Elysian back in 2006, where she taught Theater Arts until 2011; since then she has gone on to successfully run our Musical Theater program at IS 171/Cypress Hills LDC.  Now she returns to her roots at Elysian, this time as our program manager.  We’re thrilled to have her in this exciting new role.

With this delightful mix of new talent and seasoned expertise, this is sure to be the best year yet for our program at Elysian.  Many thanks to Candace and Patricia for all of their continued hard work in bringing arts education to more children!

Arts to Grow programs are taught by professional Teaching Artists, trained working artists with hands-on experience teaching students their art form.  If you’re interested in teaching for Arts to Grow, please visit us at artstogrow.org for more information.

 

Arts to Grow is Back to School—and Serving More Kids Than Ever

ATG is happy to announce the launch of a record six programs this month, making this fall our biggest semester to date.  This includes the return of several previously-successful programs as well as the addition of a brand-new partnership in Newark, NJ.

Photo credit: Marlo Williamson

  • Elysian Charter School in Hoboken, NJ is once again partnering with ATG for a Theater Arts program taught by Candace Clift.  Elysian was the site of one of the first Arts to Grow programs in 2005; we are pleased to continue this long-running relationship.
  • Cypress Hills LDC in Cypress Hills, Brooklyn is hosting three ATG programs: Musical Theater and Audition Prep programs at IS 171 taught by Taylor Valentino, and an Ethnic Drumming course at The Beacon taught by David Freeman.
  • The Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center in Manhattan is holding its second Visual Arts program, taught by Michelle Hill, as part of our ongoing cause-marketing partnership with Frame the Future.
  • Lincoln Park Apartments in Newark, NJ is joining Arts to Grow for the first time to hold a Digital Media class taught by JC Cotti.  We hope that this will be the first of many exciting ATG programs held at this new location!

Best of luck to all of our students as they begin another new semester!

All of these Arts to Grow programs were made possible through the generosity of our donors.  To find out how you can help bring arts education to more children in need, please visit our website.