May 10, 2010 7:08 PM

Arts Center to offer Friday programs in the fall


School District 70 student who may find themselves with nothing to do in the fall will have a friend in the Sangre de Cristo Arts Center.  The arts center is expanding its Young at Art Afterschool program through a partnership with District 70.  All day arts education classes will be offered for 1st through 8th graders.

the education department at the Arts Center will offer all day arts education classes for 1st-8th graders.

"We have a passion to allow students to experience all of the arts and this is our response to the four day week and the declining arts in schools," said Gary Holder, Curator of Education at the Arts Center.

District 70 teachers were asked for input regarding class offerings and given the opportunity to teach classes in the Friday Arts Academy alongside artists. District 70 superintendent Dr. Dan Lere requested a list of possible classes to provide the students to review and offer feedback. A complete 14 week semester course schedule will be developed based on student feedback.

"The Friday Arts Academy will benefit our students in at least two ways. First, it will give our students a productive activity on the Fridays when school is not in session, and second, and more importantly, it will expose our students to all forms of the arts that they might not have the opportunity to do otherwise. Thank you Sangre de Cristo Arts Center!" said Lere.

Tuition is $80 per class per 14 week semester with a nominal art materials fee. Arts Center members save 10 percent. Students may take up to seven classes. Tuition is comparative to average child care rates. For more information please contact Gary Holder, Curator of Education at 719-295-7210.



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