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.