Visual Arts

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Over 20 of our sites have visual arts programs, with more than 200 classes offered weekly.

Across our community school and centers, The Children’s Aid Society offers visual arts programs that expose children to arts adventures and stimulate their creativity.

Some sites celebrate the seasons, holidays and traditions with lessons and crafts based on different multicultural themes. Other locations offer such focused group classes as printmaking, origami, mat weaving, book binding, architecture, cartoon art, jewelry design, painting, photography, pottery, puppetry and woodworking. High school students have the opportunity to learn AutoCAD drafting for architectural work.

As over 20 of our sites have visual arts programs, with more than 200 classes offered weekly, we take an annual opportunity to celebrate children’s creative expression in the visual arts. The first week of March each year, we hold the Annual Children's Art Show at the National Arts Club at Gramercy Park in New York City. This exhibit of children's art works in every visual medium is open to the public for a week, and musical performances enhance the festive atmosphere.

Youth are empowered with self-esteem and a sense of accomplishment through projects that can be shared with family and friends. At the same time, these valuable arts programs offer cultural exposure in often underserved areas and help to engage our children and teens in safe and creative ways.

You can also find out more by reading the 2009-10 Annual Report on the Arts.