With CME Group Support, Artistic Possibilities Grow in After-School

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In the 2012-2013 school year, after-school arts programming thrived at Children’s Aid community schools P.S. 8, located in Washington Heights, and C.S. 61, located in our South Bronx campus. With the generous support of funders, including the CME Group Community Foundation, more than 430 students participated in engaging arts enrichment activities that provided unique opportunities to express their cultural and community pride, and discover new talents and interests.  

In the out-of-school time hours, students sketched, painted, collaged and created other works of art. Youth also took part in clubs that exposed them to music history, dance and drama. At P.S. 8, second grade students enrolled in Children’s Aid’s popular jewelry-making club created their own unique designs inspired by Indian and African traditions.

Dance was a particularly popular after-school activity last year at P.S. 8 and C.S. 61, with students studying diverse forms of dance and movement that included the merengue, samba, hip-hop, tango and flamenco.

The Children’s Aid Society believes that early and consistent access and exposure to the arts are integral to a child’s positive development. The vital support received each year from generous funders, including the CME Group Community Foundation, makes it possible for Children’s Aid to provide high-quality arts programs to hundreds of children, who would otherwise not have access to these valuable, formative experiences.