New After School Partnerships

posted Mar 12, 2015, 8:11 AM by Suzannah Ohring   [ updated Mar 12, 2015, 8:13 AM ]

WSC is pleased to announce the launch of two new exciting after school partnerships: Wingspan Arts and Teen Thursdays.

Wingspan Arts:

As a recipient of the Cultural After School Adventures grant, in February WSC launched an after-school performing arts partnership with Wingspan Arts.  This musical theater course is open to current 7th and 8th grade students, who will be coached by professional artists, including a musical director, choreographer, and vocal coach.  Wingspan programs enable students to have a better view and understanding of a complicated, changing world that can be uniquely and vividly expressed through the arts.  The program also provides an excellent opportunity for students interested in pursuing performing arts high schools to gain experience in singing, dancing and acting, helping to prepare them for auditions.  Students will display their new skills and talent at a culminating performance in the spring.

Teen Thursdays at the American Folk Art Museum:

WSC will resume its participation in the Teen Thursdays middle school after-school initiative this spring.  Last year, WSC was one of five school city-wide to be selected to participate  in Teen Thursdays, an afterschool initiative to enable students at middle schools across the City to take advantage of the rich learning opportunities available through local cultural institutions.  (See article here.)

This year, WSC is pleased to partner with the American Folk Art Museum.   A select group of our 7th and 8th grade students will visit the museum weekly beginning in April to explore the concepts and history of folk art and performance art raised by the exhibition When the Curtain Never Comes Down.  The program will integrate topics in American history such as Westward Expansion, American Slavery and the Civil Rights Movement, through learning about self-taught artists whose practices have emerged from Native and African-American cultural traditions.  Because there are also many international artists featured in this exhibition, the conversation will include 20th century immigration experiences. The program will largely focus on bicultural identities as part of the American experience.