Childrens Arts

 

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 2017 or the 2017-18 school year include:

Amazing Grace Circus! Summer Camp, Grace Church, Nyack $7,300

Amazing Grace Circus! Summer Day Camp
Grace Church, Nyack

130 First Avenue, Nyack, NY 10960

Phone: 845-348-8740
Email: carlo@amazinggracecircus.org
Web: http://www.amazinggracecircus.org/

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 $4,000

Cephas Arts Program
St. Peter’s Church, Bronx

2500 Westchester Avenue, Bronx, NY 10453

Phone: 718-931-9270
Email: stpetersbronx@gmail.com

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 to children in first through sixth grades. The program was awarded a 2-year grant.

Christ Church Community Outreach Music Programs, Christ Church, Staten Island $6,500

Community Outreach Music Programs
Christ Church, New Brighton (Staten Island)

76 Franklin Ave., Staten Island, NY 10301

Phone: 718-727-6100
Email: deakswan@aol.com
Web:  http://christchurchnbrighton.org

Director: The Rev. Deacon Geri Swanson

Hours of Operation: Wednesdays: 5:00-7:00 pm

The Christ Church Community Outreach Youth Programs engage young people in comprehensive choral and instrumental music programs. 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 the ukulele. Students offer performances to the wider Staten Island community.

Nesin Cultural Arts Academic Year, St. John's, Monticello$10,500

Nesin Cultural Arts Academic Year
St. John’s, Monticello

15 St. John St., Monticello, NY 12701

Email: ann@nesinculturalarts.org
Web: nesinculturalarts.org

Director: Ann Trombley
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Diana Scheide

Hours of Operation: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 2-6pm | Saturday 9am-12pm

Nesin Cultural Arts provides music, dance, and visual arts instruction as well as performance opportunities to nearly 100 students in grades K-12. The organization serves an impoverished, rural community in Sullivan County, and the church provides space for instruction and performances. Parishioners offer financial and volunteer support, and Nesin and St. John’s are working together on plans to transform St. John’s rectory building into a center for children’s arts education.

Nesin Cultural Arts Summer Music Academy, St. John's, Monticello$2,000

Nesin Cultural Arts Summer Music Academy
St. John’s, Monticello

15 St. John St., Monticello, NY 12701

Email: ann@nesinculturalarts.org
Web: nesinculturalarts.org

Director: Ann Trombley
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Diana Scheide

Hours of Operation:  August 21 – August 25, 8:30am – 3:30pm

Nesin’s Summer Music Academy is a selective one-week program for 40 students who strive to achieve the highest possible level of musicianship. Classes prepare students for college auditions and music festivals, as well as greater levels of personal enjoyment.

Pied Piper Children's Theatre of NYC Academic Year, Holy Trinity (Inwood), Manhattan $13,900

Pied Piper Children’s Theatre of NYC – Academic Year
Holy Trinity Church, Inwood (Manhattan)

20 Cumming Street, New York, NY 10034

Phone: 212-544-2976
Email: phill@piedpipertheatre.com
Web: http://www.piedpipertheatre.com

Director: Yvonne C. Anderson-Bill
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Jake Dell

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.

Pied Piper Children's Theatre of NYC Summer Intensive, Holy Trinity (Inwood), Manhattan $3,000

Pied Piper Children’s Theatre of NYC Summer Intensive
Holy Trinity Church, Inwood (Manhattan)

20 Cumming Street, New York, NY 10034

Phone: 212-544-2976
Email: phill@piedpipertheatre.com
Web: http://www.piedpipertheatre.com

Director: Yvonne C. Anderson-Bill
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Jake Dell

Hours of Operation: Monday – Friday from June 29th – July 30th, 8:30am-5pm

Pied Piper’s four-week summer workshop provides intensive theater training for teenagers engaged in Pied Piper’s academic year program. The selective program targets youth who would not otherwise be able to afford such training. Classes include voice, dance, acting, theater tech, costumes, and stage make up; participants also attend a Broadway show.

St. Paul's On-The-Hill After School Music Program, Ossining $6,000

St. Paul’s On-The-Hill After School Music Program
St. Paul’s On-The-Hill Church, Ossining

40 Ganung Drive, Ossining, NY 10562

Phone: 914-741-8226
Email: carolynrblack@gmail.com

Director: Ms. Carolyn Black
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. J. Cooper Conway

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 $4,500

Voices of Hope
St. George’s Church, Newburgh

105 Grand Street, Newburgh, NY 12550

Phone: 845-249-8343
Email: vohchoir1@gmail.com

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. The 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 $12,200

Washington Heights Choir School
Holyrood Church, Manhattan

715 W. 179th Street, New York, NY 10033

Phone: 646-796-2621
Email:
Web: http://whcsnyc.org/

Director: Amaranta Viera
Clergy in Charge: The Rev. Luis Barrios

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 $15,500

Young at Arts
Christ Church, Bronxville

17 Sagamore Road, Bronxville, NY 10708

Phone: 914-337-3544 x. 124
Email: sharyn@youngatartsny.org
Web: http://www.youngatartsny.org/

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 (YAA) 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. YAA has been awarded a multi-year grant ($15,000/year for 3 years).

All listed programs are funded through a Youth Opportunity grant.