Arts After School is proud to be the recipient of a United Way of Greater Greensboro Kathleen and Joseph M. Bryan Community Enrichment and Venture Grant (CEVG) for 2016 in the amount of $15,000. This grant will allow us to expand our reach in the Greensboro area with high-quality arts education for disadvantaged children.
Arts After School is a unique partnership between UNCG, the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Greensboro, Greensboro Parks and Recreation, and City Arts. Arts After School launched in Fall 2015, providing an opportunity for children in low-income communities to participate in out-of-school arts instruction and to share their work in the community. The program offers violin, guitar and West African drumming classes at the Caldcleugh Multicultural Arts Center, violin and drumming classes at the Central Branch of the Boys and Girls Club, and cello classes at the Hickory Trails Club. This fall we will expand our offerings to include keyboard classes and private lessons to participating students at the Salvation Army facility located at 1001 Freeman Mill Road. The program is free to participating Boys and Girls Club members. Instructors are selected from the undergraduate and graduate student populations of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
In addition to the musical classes, in fall 2015 UNCG faculty member Janet Allard and UNCG theatre students conducted a Young Playwrights workshop at Caldcleugh, with UNCG theatre students performing the children’s original plays. In Spring, modern dance classes were taught by UNCG dance students and recent alumni under the mentorship of faculty member Duane Cyrus. Finally, the UNCG graduate string quartet performed several interactive workshops for students at local Club locations. In order to share the work that was accomplished during the year, instrumental students performed before the Philharmonia of Greensboro Pillow Pops Concert at Lindley Recreation Center, as well as in club locations for family and friends.
Instruments for Arts After School are generously provided by the Greensboro Symphony and Moore Music.