Community Engagement

Join us on Saturday, May 31st 2014 from 10 AM – 2 PM at Prairie Vista Middle School in Hawthorne for the TakePART in Art Festival: Cultivating Community!

Through the organization’s Community Outreach Program, P.S. ARTS also coordinates with school principals and parent groups to provide parent education and community outreach services, including cultural experiences for our partner schools’ families. P.S. ARTS hosts “Family Art Nights” in an effort to engage multigenerational family members and the community in our programs and the arts. These events feature free, hands-on family themed arts projects. P.S. ARTS Teaching Artists, Administrative Staff, and volunteers lead families through lesson-based projects that are inspired by master artists. These events have become extraordinarily popular with hundreds of students, siblings, parents, and grandparents in attendance at the school. In addition to the arts projects, families are given information about their students’ music program, how to volunteer with the organization, and arts lesson plans that they can work on with their children at home. The materials are available in both English and Spanish to reach the broadest audience possible. Opportunities for community outreach and advocacy promote the value and impact of P.S. ARTS programs, contributing to long-term arts program sustainability. These events also give families an opportunity to bond through creative activities while getting to know each other as artists in a safe, fun environment.

Community Outreach Photo Credit: Elaine Lee

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