Growing Up in the Arts provides weekly arts education instruction, including visual, performing or literary arts, to students ages 3-13 from the Lighthouse Child & Family Development Center (serving ages 0-5) and the Springfield Community Center (serving ages 6-13). The program is based out of The Creamery Arts Center, Springfield’s community gathering place for the arts, managed by the SRAC.
Growing Up in the Arts is designed to instill cultural and academic confidence and a lifetime appreciation for the arts in area at-risk youth. The program is structured to give students a balance between hands-on exposure to several disciplines within each art form and the opportunity to experience live performances, art galleries and concerts.
Each week's curriculum is also designed around a focus of literacy through art. The teaching artists are asked to come up with interdisciplinary lessons and exercises that engage the students in reading, writing and verbal discussions.
The fine arts disciplines studied are Music, including composition, music history, music theory, performance (vocal) and recording; Dance, including composition, choreography and history of dance; Theater, including improvisation, acting, directing, design and play writing; Literary Art, including journals, poetry, spoken word/freestyling and storytelling; Filmmaking, including screenwriting, stop/motion movement and animation; and Visual Art, including art history, art criticism, sculpture, painting, drawing and photography.
The Lighthouse Child & Family Development Center and the Springfield Community Center were chosen to be the participants of the project because 100% of the children served are considered at-risk or under-served youth. 90% of the students at the Springfield Community Center are on the free and reduced lunch program and 86% are in an under-served minority ethnic group. 55% of the students at the Lighthouse are on the free and reduced lunch program and 21.5% are in an under-served minority ethnic group.
MINI MONET MONDAYS
Pre-K Program – Weekly on Mondays
CHILDHOOD IN ITS LANDSCAPE
After-School Program – Weekly on Tuesdays
ARTS IN THE PARK SUMMER WORKSHOPS
Monday-Friday for 8 weeks
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Missouri Arts Council and the Musgrave Foundation. Underwriters include: National Endowment for the Arts, Missouri Arts Council, Musgrave Foundation, Childhood in its Landscape, Community Foundation of the Ozarks, Freelander Family Trust, Junior League of Springfield.