Our 7:30pm Tuesday, September 13 meeting speaker is to be Chris Neely who is the Arts in Education Coordinator for the Art Center.
Neely has a lot of enthusiasm for her work, and extensive experience on the East Coast in this field as well. A work sample: Chris arranges in-house education classes, plus the six week summer Globetrotters Arts & Culture Camps. Additionally, she arranges outreach at College Hill and the Oak Creek Youth Facility. Each year, more than 300 children are immersed in week-long summer camps and no-school day camps at The Arts Center. Globetrotter students are introduced to distinctly different cultures through art classes such as Native American drumming, Egyptian tomb pots, Indonesian shadow puppets, Irish folk tales, and East Indian cooking. This popular (and innovative) program allows children to experience the sights, sounds and smells of other cultures through their arts. She also co-ordinates the Arts Center’s wide variety of classes that take place in the fully equipped clay studio, multi-media/painting room, and dance studio. (Which have recently been re-modeled.) Choices for these classes: Early Arts Education to After-School options- exploring mediums such as clay arts, drawing, sculpture, fashion, and special cultural based interdisciplinary workshops. These classes are for children of ages 3-18.
As the new Vice President/program chair, I’m looking forward to an outreach to younger arts participants in our area. ~ Carol Selberg