Youth Arts

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.

2014 Sprouts Summer Art Program

Through charitable contributions from Greene County towns, villages and organizations as well as corporate and private donations, our “Sprouts” program, free for children ages 3 to 7, provides one-week long workshops in six locations throughout Greene County over a period of six weeks.  The 2014 Sprouts program will take place during the following dates and locations:

Windham-Ashland-Jewett Elementary School-July 7-11

Coxsackie Athens High School-July 14 –18

Durham Elementary School (Route 145)-July 21-25

Scott M. Ellis Elementary School (Greenville) -July 28-August 1

Hunter Mountain Learning Center-August 4-8

Catskill Community Center- August 11-15

The Sprouts program offers two separate workshops to choose from, one workshop focusing on Art & Music and the other workshop focusing on Theater & Dance. Both week-long workshops are limited to 15 children and are divided into two 45-minute periods. A healthy snack is served during the break between periods. All sessions run Monday thru Friday from 10 to 11:45 A.M. To register call the Greene County Council on the Arts at 518-943-3400. A confirmation letter will follow registration. Hurry…Sprouts enrollment fills quickly!

 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. 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. The children continue with the same two artist/teachers for the entire week.

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 work and communication, helping shape the future of our community by inculcating skills needed to succeed in school and in the highly competitive careers of tomorrow.