Art After School: A successful way to
reach youth in your neighborhood
is a resource, reference and training guide about after-school
art programming for children and teenagers. This book is based
on years of real-life experiences demonstrates the positive influence
of the arts on young people. After-school art programming can
offer a new dimension to intervention and prevention for at-risk
youth. Art After School is a blueprint to build partnerships
between schools (elementary through college level), public and
private agencies, and businesses to form a network of support
and growth that can strengthen an entire community. Art After
School concept works with all children and in a variety of
settings from urban neighborhoods to rural outposts.
Art After School is a complete guide for the reader who wants to
integrate arts programming into an on-going program or initiate an art
program at a stand alone site. The authors discuss and advise
on all aspects of such ventures including: selecting a site,
financial plans and budgets, staffing, using artists as teachers,
planning projects, area school, business and community collaborations,
community or public art, fundraising, writing and administering
grants and how to initiate and conduct a publicity campaign for
your program. In addition the authors include sample art projects
and an extensive resource list. The focus of Art
After School is the visual arts, but music, poetry,
theater as well as any combination of art forms can benefit from
this program blueprint.
Art After School
offers communities one more way to reach their young people and
encourage them in the creative process that can have life-long
enrichment possibilities. For children learning English as a
second language, the arts can serve as a neutral vehicle of expression.
For young people filled with internal rage the arts can offer
a safe way to dispel and vent teenage anger.
The arts can open windows to the world for children and teenagers
who do not have the opportunities to see beyond their immediate
existence. Art After
School offers these young people a positive, fun-filled
and creative endeavor that is an alternative to inactivity, boredom
or the negative influences of the streets.