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 coveredin common-sense depthinclude
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.
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
-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
-Cynthia Shipley, Naperville, Illinois