The Arts Program is designed to be fun and inviting for all members, with an effort made to attract teens and young people of all backgrounds. Programs in this area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, hands-on design, performing arts and creative writing. Young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours, three times a week are four times more likely than others to be recognized for academic achievements, three times more likely to be elected to class office, four times more likely to participate in a math or science fair, three times more likely to win a school attendance award; they read for pleasure twice as often, and perform community service four times as often. Our art program teaches youth a unique balance of artistic technique while discovering the freedom of self-expression.
DramaMatters Afterschool is a drama education program for Clubs that encourages members ages 6 to 18 to engage in hands-on activities. Drama education builds self-confidence, sparks creativity and boosts academic achievement. The DramaMatters Afterschool Program Guide is a weekly program consisting of 60 minute sessions. During the course of 2016, we have held over 33 DramaMatters Activities which include such programs as charades, puppetry, and miming.
This year-round program encourages Club members ages 6 to 18 to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography. The ImageMakers National Photography Program Resource Guide is full of fun, creative activity ideas. With a recent grant award, we expect to expand this program in the new 2016 school-year including new equipment and workshops with photography professionals.
The Fine Arts Program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6 to 18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture. Our fine arts activities are found each day at the Club. This is one of our largest areas of participation.