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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.

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.

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.