October 6-12 is YMCA’s Arts Week and The Gateway Family YMCA will host a week filled with activities to educate, inspire and connect youth. Arts Week is an annual celebration at Ys nationwide that spotlights the nonprofit’s commitment to arts programming, ensuring youth have an outlet to express themselves creatively and discover and enhance talents.
Held in conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month in October, Arts Week at The Gateway Family YMCA will feature activities for youth to explore art and showcase their creative expression. Activities will include photography contests, art displays, and crafts. At the Rahway Branch, tours will be available of the newly renovated building and Artist Loft’s (reserve a date/time by calling 732-388-0057). At the Wellness Center Branch free community activities include line dancing on Monday, October 6th 6:30-7:15pm and 7:30-8:15pm intermediate, a Creative Writing Workshop on Wednesday, October 9th 6:30-7:45pm (must register by calling 908-349-9622) and a Musical Mingle on Saturday, October 11th 11-12:30pm for ages 15+. In addition, students in Y child care and before/after school programs will be learning about different artists on a daily basis and will be creating a craft based on the artist’s style.
“At the Y, we are invested in helping young people recognize their potential, and providing them with an environment where they feel comfortable expressing themselves creatively,” said Krystal R. Canady, CEO, The Gateway Family YMCA. “Art comes in many forms, from dance to drama and music to visual and digital arts. During Arts Week we’ll give youth a platform to explore their talents through many of these areas,” added Melynda A. Mileski, COO.
According to research by the National Endowment for the Arts, youth, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, who regularly participate in arts programs tend to perform well in school, have higher career goals, and become more involved in civic engagement, such as volunteering and voting. To help nurture the potential of youth, the Y offers a variety of arts programs such as dance, music, visual and creative programs. These programs help support the social-emotional, cognitive and physical development of youth, enabling them to build the skills needed to be successful in life.
To learn more about YMCA’s Arts Week or the The Gateway Family YMCA’s arts programs, visit www.tgfymca.org.
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