Thanks to a very generous grant by the United Way of South Hampton Roads, we’re pleased to announce we’re providing special performances and literacy-based arts programming to the children of service men and women at the Armed Services YMCA in Virginia Beach.
It feels so good for our artists to be working directly with students again (with all safety protocols being followed, including fewer campers than in years past.) On Mondays, campers can look forward to performances by our artists, with a field trip to WAVE Church’s outdoor picnic area.
Kicking it off last week was musician Gary Garlic with a dynamic steel drums performance.
Tuesdays through Fridays, a rotating group of our teaching artists will work in classrooms with campers ages five to twelve divided into three age groups. This week, teaching artists Joel Casanova, Jasmine Marshall, and Joppa Whitehead will present Dance for Life workshops. Campers will learn (in an extra fun way!) core literacy concepts they’ll need as school resumes in the fall—our curriculum has been adapted to combat the expected negative effects of learning loss from the “Covid Slide.”
Watch out for many more pictures and stories of summertime fun and success.
Thanks again to the United Way of South Hampton Roads for making this programming possible through its United for Children campaign to expand summer access to learning.