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Arts to Grow Serves More Kids This Winter/Spring

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Photo Credit: Ulrik Pedersen

This semester we are excited to continue adding new programs allowing us to provide opportunities for more kids:

  • Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation /IS 171, Cypress Hills Brooklyn will host two continuing programs this semester: Musical Theater at IS 171, where students in grades 5-8 will culminate a year long program with performances of an adaptation of In The Heights under the direction of Teaching Artists Taylor Valentine (Theater) and Kevin Alan Daniels (Choreography);
  • and Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation/Beacon, Cypress Hills Brooklyn where our Percussion Ensemble with our Teaching Artist David Freeman will continue from the fall. David will lead students from grades 5-8 in learning technique and exploring sounds of Afro-Caribbean ethnic drumming.
  • Spring Creek Community Corporation, located in the neighborhood formerly called Starrett City, Brooklyn, will partner with us again, this time on a Theater Arts program for students in grades 2-4 taught by Heleya de Barros.
  • Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center will hold two programs: a continuation of our Visual Arts program sponsored by Lowy Frame the Future, taught by Teaching Artist Michelle Hill;
  • Lincoln Square Neighborhood Center is also adding a new Percussion Ensemble taught by our veteran Teaching Artist, David Freeman.
  • Lincoln Park Apartments in Newark, NJ will continue the year-long program, “Seeing The World Through Digital Media.”  Children ages 7-12 will continue to expand upon their work from this fall, learning the art of filmmaking with our Teaching Artist JC Cotti.

All Arts to Grow programs are 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.

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ATG Student Film Screening to be Held This Thursday

Photo Credit: Regina Lawrence

Photo Credit: Regina Lawrence

The film screening for our newest program, “Seeing The World Through Digital Media” at Lincoln Park Apartments in Newark, NJ has been rescheduled for this Thursday, January 9th.  Students will screen two short films they’ve created over the course of the semester while studying 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.

Please join us Thursday, January 9th for a free screening of the students’ work.  See flyer for details.  This program was made possible by the ArtStart Grant from the Newark Arts Council.

Arts to Grow’s programs are made possible through the work of skilled volunteers.  To learn more about how you can get involved, please visit our website.

Arts to Grow Grew in 2013

Thanks to the generosity of all our supporters, 2013 was Arts to Grow’s best year yet.  Here are just some of the highlights from the past year:

We’re excited to make 2014 even better!  As we look forward to the new year, please join us in bringing our proven arts programs to more less-advantaged children.

All Arts to Grow programs are 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 or click here to donate.

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.