One of the privileges I have as Arts in Residence is teaching art. My first opportunity to teach is for ASAP, ArtsAltoona’s After-School Arts Program. This program seeks to reach teens in grades 7th to 12th by setting up classes in their neighborhoods. Going directly to the teens allows them to participate in a space where they are comfortable and not be burdened with the worry of transportation and financial commitments. ASAP will provide classes covering a vast array of subjects such as: acrylic painting, beading (jewelry), cartooning, ceramics, drawing, flash fiction, guitar, performing arts, photography, poetry, pottery painting, sculpting, sewing, and songwriting.
Meet the Artist Night
We had our first Meet the Artist event this past Friday at Evergreen Manors. Potential students were able to meet the artists, participate in small activities, and look at examples of the artist’s work. We also provided pizza, soda, and an assortment of snacks. Some of the artists that were able to come out were:
- Rogan Allen – Music
- Phil Baskin – Music
- Paula Ford – Beading (jewelry making)
- Cory Geishauser – Cartooning
- Shasta Langenbacher – Graphic Design, sewing, writing, photography
- Aubrey Lidwell – Writing
- Brian Miller – Poetry
- Rue Moyer – Music
- Lucy Nickerson – Juggling
- Kendyl Rasmey- Portraits
- Stephenie Schroth – Theatre
- John-Michael Werking – Guitar
- Tyisha Williams – Dance
ASAP Agenda for This Week
ASAP’s first class will be this Tuesday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm. Students will be able to provide feedback on what is art, what does art mean to them, and what about the arts excited them or peaked their interest. There will be a discussion about the many different types of art. Finally, students will be given the challenge to design a t-shirt for ASAP!
Personally, I feel that ASAP is one of the most important projects of ArtsAltoona. Evergreen Manors is just one of the neighborhoods that desperately need this program. ASAP provides hope and love that many of these teens do not have. If you would like to donate art supplies, snacks, or funds please email Stephenie Schroth, our Director of Education, at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Everything helps! Even a simple gift card to Hobby Lobby, Michaels, or any arts and crafts shop would be awesome in helping to reach these teens! Together, we can show these teens what art can bring to the community!