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Art After School, a guide for community-building through arts integration


December 2001

Subtitled A Successful Way to Reach Youth in Your Neighborhood, this guide, training and reference book provides helpful and practical information about establishing, teaching and administering after-school art programming for children and teenagers, with the emphasis on low-income, under served and at-risk populations. The authors are administrators of Hands On, a successful and respected summer and after school arts program that is part of the Walker's Point Center for the Arts, a well-regarded community-based arts center in Milwaukee's large Hispanic neighborhood. The book is reader friendly as it presents suggestions, checklists and examples of how to establish an art after-school program in any community. Areas covered—in common-sense depth—include advocacy rationales, fundraising ideas, budget planning and grant writing advice (with examples), staffing suggestions, artists as teachers, partnerships and collaborations and more. Possible sites for estab-lishing a program include public and private schools, libraries, churches, senior centers and store-fronts. Throughout the text are quotations from children, teachers, school administrators and others who testify as to the worth of this program. Highly recommended for any individuals whose school or community might benefit from this type of program.
Kent Anderson, Past President of the National Art Education Association, is the Resource Editor for the national publication, School Arts. His review is scheduled to appear in the December, 2001 issue of School Arts.

American Craft magazine
December 2001/January 2002

In 1987, Jane Brite, then director of Walker's Point Center for the Arts in Milwaukee, initiated Hands On, a free after-school and summer art program serving the primarily low-income and at-risk children and teenagers in the neighborhood and using professional artists to teach the sessions. Observing the benefits of the program prompted Brite and her colleague Marlene Jaglinski to write this guide, which describes their experience and advises how to set up and implement a similar program in almost any setting. The authors point out that in addition to the beneficial effects on the youngsters who participate, such programs offer valuable experience and a source of income to artists.

"Great resource!"
Art After School is a great resource for start-up and continuing art and community based partner-ships. Policies and procedures, examples and experiments and using art as a catalyst to enrich and enlarge a sense of community are explained with clarity in an engaging manner. I highly recommend Art After School.
-Niki Nolin, Columbia College Chicago

"Should be required reading."
I am so impressed with this book. For everyone who wants to get involved with their own community or others, this book can serve as a blueprint to take you from the initial conception of a program, to content ideas, and the actual funding. I personally feel it should be required reading for every organization and learning institution that has "community service" programs or graduation requirements.
-Cynthia Shipley, Naperville, Illinois