Youth ArtBeat Fall 2021
Calling all 6th through 8th graders to join our 5 session Youth ArtBeat, offered after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays, starting October 12. Choose both days or just one, whatever works best for your schedule.
Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm - $110
Teaching Artist - Denise Jones
Starting October 12, 5 Tuesdays
This STEAM arts program uses the hidden messages of block patterns of the Freedom Quilts of the Underground Railroad to learn about the Underground Railroad, Maryland s/heroes, and an important period of American history. This is a fun way to create art collaboratively, increase cultural competency, and unleash creative talents while adding learning linkages to an important historical period, and a cultural item of personal expression shared throughout the world. Youth will make and assemble a class paper quilt together, and a tryptich of their own.
|Denise M. Jones is a cultural teaching artist, youth development practitioner, certified teen life coach, and instructional designer and facilitator of capacity building and art engagement programs for youth, teens, adults, and parents. An active community engagement professional, she is an ardent supporter of student achievement, parent advocacy, and strengthening agency through arts integration and discovery. Jones is President of Brass Ring Company, and also serves as Director of Community Engagement for Carpe Diem Arts.|
Thursdays, 4:00-5:30 pm - $110
Teaching Artist - Vinny Mwano
Hip Hop Dance
Starting October 14, 5 Thursdays
The hip-hop dance influence has been a major cultural phenomenon for the last 30 years and can be seen everywhere from trendy dance videos, flash mobs, movies and much more. In this class you will learn the fundamentals of the hip-hop dance form; rhythm & groove, new and old school hip hop moves that will elevate your dance moves. This class is for beginners to intermediates. Come move with us and let your body dance to the beat.
|Vinny Mwano is a professional dancer and teaching artist, specializing in Hip Hop and Afro-Jazz dance. Featured on “Dancing With The Stars" with his four brothers, Vinny enjoys sharing his love of dance with students and audiences of all ages, whether performing on stage or teaching in diverse settings.|
Sessions will be held outside, with shelter and restroom available. Accessible Takoma Park location, half a block from downtown.
(The exact location will be provided upon registration.)
In-person, following appropriate Covid-safety protocols.
Max enrollment: 12
Youth ArtBeat Afterschool Programs
Carpe Diem Arts’ Youth ArtBeat has programming for elementary and middle schoolers, introducing various art forms to help the children express themselves, while they build friendships, find mentors, and even get homework help. While studies show this type of program has a positive impact on a child’s communication skills, sense of self-worth, and acceptance of others, it also fosters an often long-ranging interest in the arts. These programs are offered through creative partnerships with housing organizations, other non-profits, local public schools, and are made possible through grants and individual donor support.
Youth ArtBeat has been proud to provide arts engagement programming for six years to the African Arts, Culture and Education (ACE) Academy, an after-school program serving primarily African immigrant and refugee families in Takoma Park and Silver Spring, Maryland. ACE was funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Grant c/o Maryland State Department of Education, and administered by Enterprise Community Development (formerly CPDC).
Youth ArtBeat has also been offered in partnership with Montgomery County's Housing Opportunities Commission (HOC). We have served the HOC communities of Tanglewood, Georgian Court and Olney.