Youth Arts & Arts in Education
Youth Arts and Arts-in-Education programs provide services to children, students, teachers, school administrators, parents, and community groups while providing employment and presenting opportunities to a variety of artists. These after-school workshops and selected performances are offered free to Greene County youth. In-school residencies are offered in both Greene and Columbia Counties through our Twin Counties Arts in Education program. Both Youth Arts and Arts in Education provide a wide spectrum of programming designed to enhance creativity and self-esteem while mastering skills in creative thinking, problem solving, risk taking, team work and communications. Through these programs, school studies are enhanced and skills are developed which help our young people react in a positive manner to the problems of today while preparing them for meeting the challenges of the future. Both programs are coordinated with school districts and community groups to serve the needs of our young people.
Youth Art Exhibition
Once a year we open our gallery to students from schools throughout Greene County. Outside the Lines give students from pre-school through high school the thrill of seeing their work mounted in a public exhibition and the experience of preparing artwork for the exhibit.
Sprouts Summer Art Program
Our “Sprouts” program, for children ages 3 to 7, provides one week workshops in six locations throughout Greene County over a period of seven weeks. Two weeks are held in Catskill due to the larger population base. Classes are provided in music and art or theater and dance from 10 to 11:45 a.m., Monday through Friday. Each 45-minute class is limited to 15 children, allowing teachers and assistants to provide individual attention. A showcase of the children’s accomplishments is held every Friday for parents and friends. Students perform their “play” using sets they have designed and instruments they have created, display their artistic creations and entertain us with their singing and dancing.
Advanced registration allows children and their parents to choose between sessions. The children continue with the same two artist/teachers for the entire week. In an environment where there is no “wrong answer” or “wrong way” a child is encouraged to invent, persevere, and enjoy success through experimentation, problem solving and setting reasonable goals.
Talented professional artists teach each “Sprouts” workshop. These teachers have experience working with children and understand the importance of positive early learning. The uniquely creative and joyful atmosphere of “Sprouts” attracts dedicated teachers, all proven professionals in such diverse areas as ethnic dance, children’s theater, photography, painting, and music. They encourage young children to master skills in creative thinking, problem-solving, risk-taking, team