Art in Schools
Our programs are mobile! We serve a number of schools and other community organizations by providing quality art experiences led by professional, working artist educators. We offer both in-school (outreach) and after school programs.
After School Programs
We offer three strands of arts programming for students from K-12th grade. Each strand lasts a semester and follows a curriculum which fully familiarizes the student with the subject strand.
Introduction to Arts
This program is designed for K – 12 and encompasses visual arts, crafts, mask making, sculpture, painting, portraiture, clay and murals.
Students learn the fundamentals and fabrication of art and explore the many mediums and methods of art making. They learn everything from painting, drawing to music and performance. During the school year they experience lessons in skill building, literacy, and teamwork. Murals and masks introduce students to community art and the nature of identity and place. We build the skills of collaboration and teamwork where students learn to express their imaginations and release their emotions.
Music & Movement
This program is designed for K – 12 and encompasses experiments in rhythm, sound, movement and dance, simple instruments and voice.
Starting with vocal and physical warm-ups, which get the students stretched and moving, we move on to sounds and different genres of music. They work as individuals and in groups to create beat box and body percussion sounds. We then work with the dance instructor to combine music and movement. The Y Arts Dance Program combines Hip-Hop with traditional Jazz dance and theater forms to forge individual performance identity. Dance builds self-confidence, the ability to work as a team and gives students a sense of the beauty of their own bodies, movement and culture. Hip-Hop gives students an active way to connect to the larger cultural context of society.
Media & Performance
The program is designed for 5-12 Grades and encompasses performance poetry, acting for camera, digital photography, improvisation and digital filmmaking.
Y Arts professional poets, performance and media artists engage students from grades 5-12 in formal creative expression leading to creative play and performance of their own written work. Students gain self confidence and understand how to change their emotions into focused expression using spoken word and improvised dialogue. The Media Arts include photo journalism (learning to be the eyes of your community through photography), blogging and digital storytelling. This will progress into an introduction to filmmaking where participants produce short films that require scripting, storyboarding, pre-production, production, and post-production editing. Call 313.223.2751 or contact us here for information.
Very similarly, we have customizable programs that are available as in-school content to supplement and support existing curriculum. Call 313.223.2743 or contact us here for information.