GCCA Sprouts Summer Art Program

For Kids Ages 3-7 who live in Greene County


SPROUTS, the Greene County Council on the Arts summer arts program, offers six week-long art workshops featuring Art & Music and Theater & Dance in six locations throughout Greene County. Best of all and thanks to corporate, municipal and private donations the Sprouts Program is free for children ages 3 to 7 who live in Greene County! GCCA thanks the program Co-Directors for this popular program! Ruth Leonard, Erika Russo and Tara Van Roy-all three have years of experience as teachers, artists and working professionals. Thank you for a wonderful 30th season,  Ruth, Ericka and Tara, see you in summer 2017!

Registration begins May 2017. Call 518-943-3400 after May 1, 2017 to register for the program.

Please consider a donation, it will go directly towards the Sprouts Program! Thank you.



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GCCA 2016 Sprouts Program Wraps-Up its 30th Season!

Six Weeks of Fun in the Arts! Thank you!!

Summertime fun and creative workshops in art, music, theater and dance were offered during the six weeks of the Sprouts Program through Greene County Council on the Arts. The Sprouts Program traveled and convened at six various locals throughout Greene County offering arts programing free of charge, for children ages 3 to 7. Arts workshops took place in Windham, Coxsackie, Cairo, Greenville, Hunter and Catskill. Each week brought professional artists to share with young children the joy of their art form. In Cairo theater teacher, Donna Trunzo, worked with children to write their own play. The story was about a lonely princess who had no friends because she lived with a smelly bear, and thusly she smelled too. On the day of the kingdom’s big race, Stacey, the car driver lost control and crashed into the castle. He was captivated by the princess and took the bear to have a bubble bath. No more smelly bear and no more smelly princess. The town rejoiced!  The play also included dance numbers lead by teacher, Erica Russo, and life size portraits as backdrops made in Ruth Leonard’s art class.

Other exciting projects included Tasha Depp’s art class using a variety recycled materials; Sarah Barker’s art projects involved student-made geometric coloring books and talking sticks; Tara VanRoy, dance instructor, choreographed movements using the jazz classic “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”; Alice Caulfield’s theater classed acted out the classic story “Millions of Cats”; Carmen Borgia led the Theater workshop resulting in an original play “Animal Fair” that incorporated a monkey puppet and an elephant made of costumed children; Marion Seigal, theater, created a play with children entitled “In the Garden”; Kate Boyer, music, children wrote and learned songs played a variety of shaker instruments and interacted with a hand-made magical tree. Many other wonderful projects occurred over the six weeks of the Sprouts Program of 2016.

Special thank to our 2016 volunteers: Avery & Noelle Amoroso, Angelina & Jayden Dixon, Christian Maestri, Gabi Morelli, Rachel & Shaya Gerber, Tristen Gallagher, Julia & Sophia Dyjak, Faith, Grace & Anna VanRoy, Jamie Hartford, Benito & Clara Flores, Annika Soulant, Liam & Hayley Lyons, Debbie Brannan, Michael Dilena, Leo & Brendon Woytowish, Raindrop  & Lacy Hicks, Kasandra & Alexandra Maxwell, Caitlyn Lackie, Jonathan Saad, Evan Snyder, Oliver Schrull, Nathaniel Porter, Courtney & Maggie Taibi, Skyler Kelly, Margaret, Shannon & Liam Doherty, Evelyn Corcoran, Skyler Kelly, Geneviere Somers, Isabella Rukaj, Ciara Guinan, Rachel Gerber, Shaya Gerber, Julia Van Dien,  Skyler Kelly, Emily Pascucio, Julia Czermerys, Aryah & Emma Kargo, Alexandra Rose, Liam & Hayley Lyons, Jayden Krajewski, Tristan Borst, Emma Hildreth, Grace McCulloch, Joseph Fullins, Anna and Jesse Purdy and Ava Schultz.

Best of luck to our college bound volunteers Debbie Brannan, Katherine Czermerys, Benito Flores, Skyler Kimmel, and Fabby Street who has been a Sprouts volunteers for many years.

 Sprouts is made possible with grants come from: Greene County Legislature, Greene County Youth Bureau/NYS Office of Children and Family Services, Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health, Nan Guterman Foundation, United Way of Columbia & Greene County, United Way SEFA.

Sprouts would like to thank our Corporate sponsors: Berkshire Bank, Columbia Greene Federal Credit Union, Hudson River Bank and Trust, Main Care Energy, NBT Bank, National Bank of Coxsackie, New Athens Generating Company, Stewart’s Holiday Match, Trusco Bank, Wells Fargo Community Support.

Sprouts thanks these municipalities: Town of Athens, Town of Catskill, Town of Cairo, Town of Coxsackie, Town of Durham, Town of Greenville, Town of Hunter, Town of New Baltimore, Town of Windham, Village of Athens, Village of Coxsackie, Village of Tannersville.

 Hats off to these generous civic associations:  American Legion Auxillary, Cairo American Legion Post 983, Catskill Elks Club, Catskill Police Benevolent Association, Coxsackie-Athens Rotary Club, Fortnightly Club of Catskill, Kiwanis Club of Catskill, Marine Corps League, Rotary Club of Catskill, Rotary Club of Cairo, Rotary Club of Windham, United Methodist Church of Norton Hill.

 We are grateful to our local businesses and individuals: B & B Forest Products LDT,  Baumann’s Brookside Resort,  Janice Cammarato Esq., Catskill Dental Care, Dimentsions North Ltd, Frank Guido’s Port of Call Restaurant, Maggie’s Crooked Café, Jeffrey P. & Kerry Leah DeMunn, GNH Lumber Inc., Golub Corporation, Hannaford Supermarkets, Helmedack & Young Inc, Hillcrest Press, J. Meyers Water Services, Karen’s Flower Shoppe, Maggie’s Krooked Café, Mid-Hudson Cablevision, Onteora Golf Club, Pollace’s Brooklyn House Inc., Rip VanWinkle Reality, Sawyer Chevrolet Auto Sales & Service, Shook Insurance Agency, State Telephone Company, Tip Top Furniture, Mari Warfel, Bill Whitbeck Service Station.

 Thanks to the following for raffle donations:  Mid-Hudson Cablevision, Windham Mountain, Janie Greenwald, Lex Grey, River Garden Flower Farm, Jim Leonard, William Leonard, Lois Binetsky, Circle W General Store and Ray Tousey.

SPROUTS has a Facebook page! Like us on Facebook at SproutsGCCA and check out highlights from the 2016 season or at www.greenearts.org/youth-arts. Now looking forward to our 31st Year!!

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