The Center for the Arts introduces a new and exciting summer program for youth ages 6 to 12 years. Artplay encourages kids to think of themselves as fundamentally creative beings with a fun, interactive, interdisciplinary approach. The program connects youth to local teaching artists through classes and workshops, as well as providing space and structure for youth-initiated performances and exhibitions. Kids will have the chance to experiment with dance, music, drama, visual arts, collaborative play, and more! It's all happening in the new Arts Trust Building at 33 Hawley Street in downtown Northampton.
3 weekly sessions:
July 2-6 (including July 4)
July 23-27, July 30-August 3
Monday through Friday
9:00am -4:00pm with flexible drop-off and pick-up options
Fee: $275-$350 sliding scale. In order to offer individual attention, each week is limited to 15 young people. For registration details, email us or call the Center at (413) 584-7327. Please include your name, address, and telephone contact plus the name and age of the participant. You will be contacted directly by return email or phone according to preference.
Participants have access to indoor, air-conditioned spaces as well as outdoor play areas. 33 Hawley offers abundant free parking for easy drop-off and pick-up, and is conveniently located for local, walkable field trips.
Classes include dance, music, drama, and visual arts. Sample schedule:
9-9:45 Arrival and open art station activities
9:45-10:00 Opening gathering
10:15-11:05 Class I
11:10-11:55 Class II
12:00-1:15 Lunch and collaborative games
1:15-2:15 Class III
2:20-3:50 Main project time (rehearsal, writing, art projects)
3:50 Closing gathering
Staff directors: Kelly Silliman and Jayme Winell
Kelly Silliman is the Program Director for the Northampton Center for the Arts and also teaches the in-house dance program. She holds an MFA in dance from Smith College, and a BA in Theatre Arts from Stetson University. In addition to her dance and theatre interests, Kelly has a strong background in music and a long history of interdisciplinary study. As an educator, she emphasizes artistic exploration, the integration of art and life, hard work, and having fun! Kelly is also a collaborator with Deborah Goffe/Scapegoat Garden and the founder/director of the tinydance project.
Jayme Winell is a local artist and educator with a long background in music and movement. She holds a BA from Hampshire College in dance and theatre for community building, and majored in dance at the San Francisco School of the Arts. Jayme specializes in collaborative games and is a physical education teacher at the Common School. She also teaches dance at the YMCA, is a collaborator with the tinydance project, a theatre maker with Theatre Truck, and plays music with a local band.