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

For Kids Ages 3-7 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.

Greene County Council on the Arts SPROUTS is a FREE summer arts program for children ages 3 to 7 who reside in Greene County, NY. The program is creative and fun with week-long workshops held in Windham, Coxsackie, Cairo, Greenville, Hunter and Catskill. Sprouts participants will experience two alternating 45-minute workshops, either Art & Music or Theater & Dance. The best part is these wee artists receive a lot of attention because the individual workshop class size is limited to 15 children. GCCA’s SPROUTS program serves about 60 children per week culminating in serving over 360 young dancers, thespians, musicians and artists throughout the summer.  Program hours are 10:00 to 11:45 in each of the locations. A healthy snack will be served between sessions.

Parents or guardians may register their children in advance beginning May 1, 2018. To enroll for Sprouts contact Ruth Leonard at 518-634-2289.  There is limited enrollment so register early to secure your place.

The 2018 Sprouts Program takes place during the following dates. Building locations will be announced at time of registration.

July 9-13, 2018 in Windham-Ashland-Jewett

July 16 -20, 2018 in Coxsackie–Athens

July 23-27, 2018 in Cairo-Durham

July 30-August 3, 2018 in Greenville

There is still room in the following sessions!!!

August 6-10, 2018 in Hunter

August 13-17, 2018 in Catskill

Children 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 after May 1, 2018.





 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 32nd year! Please watch for a complete listing of municipal, corporate and private donors who have donated to the 2018 SPROUTS Program helping make it a reality and the ability to 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.

 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 32 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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