A twice-weekly art and music program for students age 11 to 17!
Sign-ups NOW... Classes Start Tuesday, March 10th / Every Tues. and Thurs. (with a few skipped days TBA) from 3:45pm to 6:30pm
Mateel Community Center
Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at Artists of the Emerald Coast at MCC
Suggested donation of $50 (covers all classes!)
Sign up at the Mateel Office in Redway with Charity (that's a person).
The Mateel Community Center is inviting youth from the ages of eleven to seventeen to participate in twice weekly, after-school art classes that immerse students in arts and music.
As funding cuts are effecting arts and music classes in our public schools, the goal of the Mateel’s Spring Arts Collective program is to help fill that void and provide a positive and creative outlet for youth who are interested in honing their skills and learning new skills in art and music. The students' art work will be displayed on Saturday, April 25th, 2015 at the 7th Annual “Artists of the Emerald Coast ” art show and wine tasting held at the Mateel.
Former Mateel board member, Kathryn Guilette, founder of the program, said,
"We have changed the class times this year to allow the kids attending the new Jr. High School in Phillipsville to ride the bus to Redway and still make it to the Mateel in time for the program. This also makes the program more accessible to the outlying schools such as Whitethorn, Whale Gulch, and Skyfish. Homeschool kids are especially encouraged to join us so we can all get to know our broader community!"
Classes start on Tuesday, March 10. Now in its fourth year, the program begins with a nutritious snack at 3:45 (thank you parents for your help!), followed by music and art classes at 4:00. There will be a 15-minute break at 5:00, and then the second hour of classes will run from 5:15 to 6:15. Then it’s a quick clean up until 6:30 when the fun ends. In general, there will be classes both on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the months of March and April, with two weeks off--one at Easter and one when the hall is already booked.
Unfortunately, because the classes are starting a half hour later this season, there will only be time for two class sections rather than three. As a result the enrollment allowance has been reduced to 24 kids, with twelve in each class, allowing for an appropriate teacher to student ratio. While half of the students play music, the other twelve work on art projects, then after an hour we switch.
Our music program is expanding this year to include instruction on the electric bass guitar as well as our traditional recorders and marimbas. Maybe we will get a little Latin percussion in there also if things work out! For the art classes we are still lining up our secret plans and clever tricks, which will be announced next week.
To sign up, call the Mateel office at 923-3368 and ask to have your child put on the list for SPARC classes, or just drop by the Mateel office at 59 Rusk Lane in Redway. We are asking for a $50.00 donation to be paid in full at the start of the class to help pay for materials such as canvas, paint and mallets.
There is a sliding scale and Mateel is happy to work out unique solutions for any one in need. For more information, call the Mateel at 923-3368.