As funding for in-school arts programs has been trimmed or eliminated, our arts programs are especially valuable for a child’s development. The joy of creation, the power of expression, the discipline of performance…Young people that participate in our Children’s Arts programs gain invaluable experiences and insights.
From youth choirs to theater troupes to pottery classes, Children’s Arts programs build confidence while expanding the horizons of underserved young people throughout New York.
Children’s Arts programs awarded funding for Summer 2016 or the 2016-17 school year include:
Amazing Grace Circus! Summer Day Camp
Grace Church, Nyack
130 First Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960
Director: Mr. Carlo Pellegrini
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Owen Thompson
Hours of Operation: Mon. – Fri., 9:00 am – 4:00 pm, 6 weeks
The Amazing Grace Circus! began in 2002 as a youth response to the tragic events of 9/11. Since then, hundreds of children and youth have “joined the circus,” receiving expert training in the circus arts, learning about teamwork, and developing discipline, strength and coordination. The troupe performs throughout the tri-state area, and with the support of Episcopal Charities, children from low-income families receive scholarships to take part in the program’s fun, unique circus arts summer camp.
Cephas Arts Program
St. Peter’s Church, Bronx
2500 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453
Director: Ms. Cheryl A. Seeley
Clergy-in-Charge: The Rev. Joade Dauer-Cardasis
Hours of Operation: Mondays and Wednesdays 3 pm-5 pm
Cephas Arts is a free after school program offering dance, music and visual art lessons from trained artists and teachers. Up to 25 children in first through sixth grades participate annually. With the support of Episcopal Charities, the program intends to expand to provide one day of arts programming per week at a nearby shelter for homeless families.
Community Outreach Music Programs
Christ Church, New Brighton (Staten Island)
76 Franklin Ave., Staten Island, NY 10301
Director: The Rev. Deacon Geri Swanson
Hours of Operation: Wednesdays: 5:00-7:00 pm
The Christ Church Community Outreach Youth Program engages young people in comprehensive choral and instrumental music programs in order to combat public school cuts to arts education. Classes are offered at Christ Church and at a nearby community center located in NYCHA public housing. Students are trained to read music and given the basics of music theory; these ideas are put into practice with singing, steel drumming and – new this year – the ukulele. Students offer performances to the wider Staten Island community.
Pied Piper Children’s Theatre of NYC
Holy Trinity Church, Inwood (Manhattan)
20 Cumming Street, New York, NY 10034
Director: Mr. Phillip Greenland
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Rebecca Barnes
Hours of Operation: Mondays & Thursdays 5-8pm | Saturdays & Sundays 2:30-8pm
At the Pied Piper Children’s Theatre, children ages 5 to 18 mount full-scale theatrical productions, exploring their creativity, learning theatrical, musical and technical skills, and developing self-discipline, commitment and leadership. Funds from Episcopal Charities support tuition reduction for families in need, and support the program in developing an increasingly comprehensive technical theater program aimed at older students.
St. Paul’s On-The-Hill After School Music Program
St. Paul’s On-The-Hill Church, Ossining
40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, NY 10562
Director: Ms. Carolyn Black
Clergy in Charge: Mr. Sam Bethea and Mr. Mark Monroe (Wardens)
Hours of Operation: Mondays and Fridays 3.00-5.00 pm
The music program at St. Paul’s On-the-Hill supplements school-day learning by providing children with opportunities for musical training and expression. About thirty-five children per ten-week session learn instrumental and vocal music through group and individual lessons given by trained professionals from the congregation.
Voices of Hope
St. George’s Church, Newburgh
105 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550
Director: Ms. Lana Williams-Scott
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Dustin Towbridge
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 8.00-3.00 pm
Voices of Hope is a dynamic year-round community children’s choir serving youth in the greater Newburgh area. A high standard of excellence challenges young artists to commit to personal growth and self-discipline. This year’s grant from Episcopal Charities will support a two-week intensive summer program for 20 children, culminating in a community-wide performance and celebration.
Washington Heights Choir School
Holyrood Church, Manhattan
715 W. 179th Street, New York, NY 10033
Clergy in Charge: Mr. Steven Lee (Parish Program Director)
Hours of Operation: Monday-Fridays of the school year, 3:30-6:00pm
The Washington Heights Choir School is a free after-school choir program for elementary-age children. Experienced music professionals provide daily instruction in vocal and instrumental arts in a holistic and structured environment. To ensure student success, musical training is complemented by exercise and movement, games, homework help and tutoring for English language learners.
Young at Arts
Christ Church, Bronxville
17 Sagamore Road, Bronxville, NY 10708
Director: Ms. Sharyn Pirtle
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Michael Bird
Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday, 9:00 AM – 6:30 PM, Saturdays, 10:00 AM – Noon, Sundays varied.
Young at Arts provides afterschool and school-day performing arts programming for 500 children from second through twelfth grades in three locations, particularly reaching out to youth in low-income communities in Southern Westchester and the Bronx. The program empowers young people to reach their full potential, onstage and off, through outstanding arts instruction and the creation of exceptional music and theater.
*Denotes programs receiving funding through the All Our Children program.
**Denotes programs receiving Youth Opportunity and All Our Children funding.
All other programs are funded through a Youth Opportunity grant.
All Our Children
All Our Children is a joint project of the Diocese of New York, Episcopal Charities, and Trinity Wall Street. Now a national program, the goal of All Our Children is to encourage parishes to create partnerships with their local public schools– and build bridges to their community– to strengthen public schools by educating the whole child. Trinity provides funds to allow Episcopal Charities to grant up to $5,000 per year to congregations within the Diocese of New York to initiate a partnership with a local public school. The All Our Children network also gathers regularly to share ideas and grow together.