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 every summer. 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.

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


The Greene County Council on the Arts’ SPROUTS, free summer arts program for children ages 3 to 7 in Greene County, recently took place in Windham, Coxsackie, Cairo, Greenville, Hunter and Catskill this July and August, 2017. Over 300 SPROUTS participants experienced 45-mintue workshops in Art and Music or Theater and Dance and they had FUN! FUN! FUN!

The summer arts program started off at Windham-Ashland-Jewett Elementary School where the SPROUTS had a wonderful time experimenting with different instrument sounds (even big metal pots!) in music, creating out-of-this-world space aliens in art and soaring like airplanes in dance. A highlight for the theater kids was performing their final production of “Thunderbird and the Killer Whale: A Pacific Northwest Indian Tale” as told by Oscar Newman.

There were many exciting things happening in the second week at Coxsackie-Athens High School. The final theater and dance performance was written and performed entirely by the children. It consisted of underwater adventures and superheroes that try to save the environment. The art children helped to create the props and backdrop for the theatrical production.

The Cairo week was full of lots of familiar (and not so familiar) songs in music. They also mastered the limbo, moved like animals and danced the cha-cha. The SPROUTS art students created pieces by experimenting with shapes and creating spirals with clay.

In Greenville, the kids created hand puppets in art class and learned the ways of the stage in theater and music. They learned some classic ballet positions and moved through obstacle courses in dance.

SPROUTS continued in Hunter and Catskill with lots of learning, lots of fun and lots of working together through the arts. It was quite the arts accomplishment!

The Sprouts program would like to thank all of our wonderful teaching artists for encouraging creativity and bringing their knowledge and love of the arts to the program. We look forward to seeing what the 2018 SPROUTS summer will bring! GCCA wishes to thank SPROUTS Co-Directors Ruth Leonard, Erika Russo and Tara Van Roy for their unwavering and steadfast commitment to the program-now in its 31st year! Please watch for a complete listing of municipal, corporate and private donors who helped the 2017 SPROUTS Program become a reality and reach over 300 wee and budding artists in Greene County!

Check out Sprouts on facebook!  Find us on facebook at Sprouts GCCA.

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 November/December 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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