GCCA Sprouts Summer Art Program, FUN! FUN! FUN!

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.

Registration is in full swing! As of 7/10/2017 -To register for Sprouts, please call Ruth Leonard, Sprouts Co-Director, at 518-634-2289.  

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


The 2017 Sprouts Program Dates, Locations and our Teachers!

Updated Info!!!To register for Sprouts, please call Ruth Leonard, Sprouts Co-Director, at 518-634-2289.  

Week of July 10 took place at Windham-Ashland-Jewett Elementary School and it was a lot of FUN!!!

This week:  July 17-21 at Coxsackie–Athens High School with teachers Hilary Baldwin (Art), George Doody (Music), Erika Russo (Dance) and Lora Lee Ecobelli (Theater).

July 24-28 at Cairo-Durham Elementary School, located in town of Cairo, with Sarah Barker (Art), George Doody (Music), Caitlyn Lane (Dance) and Lora Lee Ecobelli (Theater).

July 31-August 4 at Greenville High School with teachers Ruth Leonard (Art), Erin Lee Kelly (Music), Maddison Ackerman (Dance) and Lex Grey (Theater).

August 7-11 at Hunter Elementary School, located in town of Hunter, with teachers Carli Gazoorian (Art), Kate Boyer (Music), Tara VanRoy (Dance) and Donna Trunzo (Theater).

August 14-18 at the Catskill Community Center located at 344 Main Street in Catskill, with teachers Colette Lemmon (Art), Erin Lee Kelly (Music), Zoe Rudloff (Dance) and Lex Grey (Theater)

Program hours are Monday-Friday, from 10 am to 11:45 am. Choose workshops in Art & Music or Theater & Dance. Children take a 15 minute break with a snack between the two 45-minute classes.

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SPROUTS students have the opportunity to work with professional artists and teachers in a fun, safe and welcoming environment as they develop social and problem solving skills through the arts. Often teachers, volunteers, and students work collaboratively to produce joyful end of the week performances.

Up to 100 teen and pre-teen volunteers, many of whom are former Sprouts attendees, serve as assistants and role models, resulting in a program that serves many age groups in the community.

Teens and pre-teens, SPROUTS needs you! Any teen or pre-teen interested in working with professional artists, helping teach young children dance, theater, music or art, as well as looking to gain community service hours, can help with SPROUTS!  We invite those interested in volunteering for our summer workshops to call GCCA at 518-943-3400.

SPROUTS has a Facebook page! Like us on Facebook at SproutsGCCA and watch for Sprouts news and important updates or at www.greenearts.org/youth-arts.

Thank you to the following corporate, municipal, civic organization, business and private donors to date.

4imprint/One by One Program, American Legion Auxilliary, American Legion Post 983, Athens Generating Co., B & B Forest Products, Baumann’s Brookside Resort Inc., Berkshire Bank, Catskill Lodge of Elks #1314, Catskill Police Benevolent Association, Columbia-Greene Federal Credit Union, Coxsackie Athens Rotary Club, Dimension’s North, Elliot House Thrift Shop, Golub Foundation, GNH Lumber, Greene County Youth Bureau/NYS Office for Children and Family Services, Hannaford, Helmedach & Young, Hendricks Alignment & Auto Repair, Hillcrest Press, Hudson Valley Foundation for Youth Health, Hudson River Bank & Trust, J. Myers Water Services, Inc., Janice Cammarato Disability Advocate, Karen’s Flower Shoppe, Kiwanis Club of Catskill, Lioness Club on Catkill, Main Care Energy, Marine Corps League, Mid-Hudson Cablevision, Inc, Nan Guterman Foundation, Onteora Golf Club & Course, Pollace’s Brooklyn House, Porto Shook Insurance , Rotary Club of Cairo Inc., Rotary Club of Catskill, Rotary Club of Windham, Sawyer Chevrolet, Shook Insurance Agency/DBA Porto Agency, State Telephone Co., Stewarts’ Shops, The Fortnightly Club of Catskill,  The Guido Restaurant Group, The Nan Guterman Foundation, Tip Top Furniture, Town of Athens, Town of Cairo, Town of Catskill, Town of Coxsackie, Town of Durham, Town of Greenville, Town of Hunter, Town of Jewett, Town of New Baltimore, Town of Windham, Trustco Bank, United Way SEFA, United Way Columbia-Greene, United Way of the Dutchess Orange Region, Whitbeck Service Station and Private Donors; Anonymous, Jeffrey and Kerry DeMunn, Alfred A. Parr, Jr., Tara Scoles and Mary Warfel.

A complete list of Sprouts donors will be published in the September/October 2017 issue of Arts Alive. Thank you!        

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Sprouts Program, Greene County Council on the Arts (GCCA) free summer arts workshops, which serves hundreds of Greene County children, we ask for your philanthropic support. The following are amounts of suggested giving: $500; $250; $100, $50 or other. Your generosity would mean a great deal to the program!

We are proud to provide children age three to seven in Greene County a one-of –a-kind summer arts experience. For over 30 years, it has been our mission to provide high-level workshops in art, music, theater and dance to the children in six locations: Windham, Coxsackie, Cairo, Greenville, Hunter and Catskill. We are confident that the Sprouts program will continue to excel at providing children a safe, high quality arts experience during the summer months. Now, more than ever, we need to strengthen and foster the arts for children. With schools facing harsh financial times and arts programs being first on the budget chopping block, children are missing out on key developmental experiences that only the arts can provide. By supporting the Sprouts program, you are supporting our future generations.

In Sprouts, 360 children per summer have the opportunity to work with professional teaching artists in an atmosphere that is fun, encourages creative play, promotes problem solving skills and cooperative learning. In workshops limited to 15 children, participants produce artworks, learn songs, dance movements and collaboratively produce a theatrical performance. Up to 100 outstanding teen volunteers, many of whom are former Sprouts attendees, serve as assistants and role models, resulting in a program that serves many age groups in the community.

All donations are tax deductible and greatly appreciated; for without your support, we could not maintain the high level of instruction and free programming for the children of Greene County. For more information visit Facebook @ sproutsgcca or call GCCA at (518) 943-3400.

Thank you for your consideration. We look forward to hearing from you soon.


Ruth Leonard, Tara VanRoy & Erika Russo
Sprouts co-Directors

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