EDUCATION and OUTREACH
The Community Arts Program (CAP)
CAP is the arts education outreach program of The Creatives Project. TCP's CCHP Artists in Residence complete their service hour requirements through this program whose beneficiaries include Jacob's Ladder, One Love Generation, Perkerson Elementary School, Southwest Atlanta Neighboring (SWAN), VSA Arts of Georgia, and the youth of YO Boulevard . TCP provides students, teachers and communities with direct hands-on arts experiences through personal interaction with artists. TCP encourages each artist to explore his/her discipline with students, teachers and community members through a variety of components that may include workshops, classes, lectures and discussions, rehearsals, performances, community events, and mentorship.
We aim to develop arts/music education programming specifically for highly under served neighborhoods in Metro Atlanta by offering CAP programming to schools, community centers and neighborhoods with very high concentrations of children living in low income situations who may also have disabilities or other developmental delays. In conjunction with entities such as Juvenile Services, the Department of Youth Corrections, and/or the Board of Education, these programs will also aim to help students develop a creative voice for externalizing issues that have led them to their current state. It is our belief that by giving these children the opportunity to explore alternate means of expression, they will learn to identify psychological triggers for violence and aggression, ultimately exploring the roots of their situation.
In conjunction with the educational program, a mentorship program has been developed to pair artists with at-risk youth, providing support and guidance for children to explore creative passions, ultimately building strong relationships that positively impact children's lives.
We aim to develop arts/music education programming specifically for our community at large through the creation and implementaion of an adult education program consisting of studio classes, workshops, lectures, and open studio visits conducted by CCHP residents.
This program utilizes the talents and special skills of all TCP artist in residencey program participants as each is required to give back to their local community through arts based outreach. We continue to develop our educational programs with the above goals in mind.
Jacob's Ladder is an SAIS-SACS accredited, SB-10 approved private school, serving students Pre-K through twelfth grade with any kind of neurological disorder - from Down syndrome and Cerebral Palsy to a range of learning disabilities and genetic disorders - although 60% of students have been diagnosed with Autism. They also offer the Jacob's Ladder Model of Intervention in their Therapy Center on an hourly basis.
CAP is currently working JLNSTC's "Openings" class, a small group of teenagers who express mid-high functioning levels of autism. We hope to use photography, printmaking, and ceramics to build their artistic and academic skills, as well as to encourage healthy social interaction with themselves and the environment.
In partnership with VSA arts of Georgia, our programming with Jacob's Ladder is provided under a contract with The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
Check out their amazing work and the students' very first gallery photography exhibition by clicking here!!
Global Youth Service Day is the largest service event in the world and the only one that celebrates the amazing work our young people are doing to improve communities. Under the guidance of TCP resident artist Jerushia Graham, our students at Jacob's Ladder were awarded a Disney Friends for Change Grant to implement their project. The Hide and Seek Art project, is one of only three projects selected for a grant in the state of Georgia and we are very proud of them! Jerushia and her outreach students have chosen to use their art projects to give back to the community. For each project the boys have brainstormed and collaborated on their own to determine how their art projects will impact their communities. This project was a compilation of their ideas to promote exercise and health, recycling, accessibility to art, and family outings.
For Hide and Seek Art, the class will hide art they have made from recycled objects in the Leita Thompson Memorial Park and Roswell Area Park, both in Roswell. Clues will be given in the local media for other people to find the art they have hidden. Art will be hidden Friday and Saturday of National Youth Service Day weekend (Apr 26 & 27) and the search will be open to the public Sunday, April 28th, with members of the community having until the end of May to find the art. This project is a fun way to get people out to enjoy the parks and recreation areas of Roswell, to reduce waste by recycling, to share the euphoria from making art, and as a way to inspire others to create their own art. Each person who finds a piece of hidden art will be asked to take a picture of what they found and email or post it to others so that the art can touch more people, creating a virtual art museum for others to enjoy. This project combines the therapeutic benefits of both nature and art, the healthy benefits of exercise in the parks and strengthening of family bonds by actively spending time together.
One Love Generation is a 501c3 tax exempt non-profit organization empowering youth to inspire positive social change through art, service and awareness.
TCP artists share their talents and dedicate time to the development of a group of teen artists at OLG from September through May on a weekly basis for a total of 30 sessions.
TCP has created arts education programming around the development of a mural for the youth and staff of Perkerson Elementary School. Resident artists MAO and Brandon Sadler have worked closely with students to conceptualize, design, and install a large scale mural in the entry area of the school to help create a colorful, inspiring, and inviting atmosphere for students teachers, faculty, staff, and visitors. MORE PHOTOS COMING SOON
TCP has worked with the Parks Middle School Book Club to nurture reading and writing skills while expanding creative and cultural experiences. The children have participated in trips to exhibitions, museum visits and artist talks.
COMING SUMMER 2013
The Capture Project is a visual media outreach program developed within TCP's Community Arts Program to stimulate youth empowerment and community enrichment.
The program will be customized to provide underserved youth in the Atlanta Metro area with tools they’ll need to produce short films highlighting opportunities for growth in their neighborhoods. TCP will work to form partnerships with local neighborhood associations, community development organizations, and area schools to build support and ensure accessibility for residents.
The Capture Project’s goal is to use technological integration as a medium to promote social responsibility, professionalism, and team building.
Our efforts are aimed at building new perspectives in communities that may struggle with outdated archetypes. Although many young people have been greatly empowered through technology, not enough of them have been exposed to effective ways of leveraging it. This program presents an opportunity for them to enhance the quality of their lives and the lives of those around them. Our volunteer staff of industry professionals will implement a focused curriculum covering the fundamentals of documentary arts. Students will be required to work collaboratively; each with his/her own specific set of responsibilities to uphold. It is our intention to encourage peer-to-peer recognition, and instill a consistent feeling of accomplishment amongst our participants.
The Capture Project is based on principles that reach far beyond learning how to compose aphotograph or sync video/audio. We want to foster new forms of self-expression inside of a demographic that may benefit from a different point-of-view. The program aspires to generate a higher level of accountability with regards to our local communities and their elected officials. Upon completion of their documentaries, students will have the opportunity to release them publicly, using social media and other viral distribution methods. Our purpose with this initiative is to connect professionals who are passionate about their craft with kids that yearn to be passionate about something.
COMING SUMMER 2013
Arts Education programming and outreach in partnership with VSA Arts of GA and City Councilman Kwanza Hall for the YO BOULEVARD 2013 Initiative.