What’s New? ConnCAT Summer Youth Arts Program
Thematic summer program focusing on the Harlem Renaissance : July 15, 2013 – August 16, 2013
Through this seven week program, youth from the Greater New Haven area will be exposed to the artists, themes, social contexts, and political issues surrounding this defining era in American history.
Youth participants will work with local artists to create original art that expresses their engagement with the social issues of concern through the lens of the Harlem Renaissance. Photography, digital media, music production, spoken word, dance, and drama are among the art forms the young people will have an opportunity to experiment with as means of expression.
The purpose of this program is to saturate young people with arts in a manner that allows them to develop and express their ideas, concerns, and passions. Setting the program in the Harlem Renaissance fosters the idea of art for the sake of collective consciousness, social development, and community activism.
-Enrolled in grades 6 through 11 during the 2012-2013 school year.
-Youth participants for this program:
-Have some interest in the arts
-Can commit to the full 4 weeks
-Have transportation to and from the program
ConnCAT is working with the New Haven and Hamden Public schools to replicate the award winning Youth Development programs of the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild model. ConnCAT after-school programs will be offered at no cost to public school students.
Initial offerings include:
- Digital Studio; photography, video, music, entertainment
- Design Studio; drawing, painting, textiles, printmaking
The goals are to:
- Align and extend the strategic learning goals of the public schools by helping to improve attendance and behavior.
- Create an environment that is safe, nurturing sanctuary for creative expression.