Project Description

The Cultural Arts Program (CAP) is a comprehensive and sequential arts instruction program offering yearlong, 30-35 week Saturday classes to youth ages 2-18 and adults in a range of artistic disciplines that is accessible for everyone at any level.

These classes teach students fundamental skills in dance, music, theater, visual arts and martial arts to provide them with an avenue for creative expression and a vehicle for self-knowledge. Class levels range from toddler to advanced.

Contemporary Music

Contemporary Music

Explore various contemporary instruments including guitar, voice, piano, and trap drumming. Classes are designed to introduce basic elements of contemporary music theory including harmony, basic music theory, basic song composition, band performance and ensemble techniques.  These classes are conducted as a group lesson.

Traditional Music

 Traditional Music

Explore various traditional instruments including djembe, sabar and conga drums.  Classes are designed to introduce the role of music within African culture, in the context of exploring the elements of musical techniques within African drumming including the understanding of  poly-rhythms, composition, melody, harmony, tones, pitches, basses, improvisation and arrangements. These classes are conducted as a group lesson.

Dance

Dance

Explore various dance styles including African, Hip Hop, Ballet, Modern and Orisa dance.

Students are introduced to the various techniques within each style of dance and the elements of performance, principles of choreography,  dance theory, body placement,  posture and the principles of choreography.

Theater

Theater

The art of acting prepares students for the stage called life. Students study the basic elements of theater including projection, articulation, breathing, character development, and memorization. They engage in the basic tools, media, and techniques involved in a theatrical production. Additionally, students are introduced to the history of theater within the African Diaspora as well the African-American and Caribbean influence on American and World Theater.

Visual Arts

Visual-Arts

Explore various visual arts mediums including painting, sketching & drawing, fashion design, sewing & construction and jewelry making (beading).  Students study the basic components in visual arts including two and three dimensional representations,  research, sketching, pattern design, cutting, embellishment (beading, painting on fabric, dyeing), colors and how to build a visual arts portfolio.

 

Martial Arts

Martial-Arts

Students are introduced to the martial arts forms of Capoiera from Brazil and Taekwondo from Japan.  Within each martial arts form students will learn rhythmic movements, kicks, sweeps, evasions, the history of the martial arts form, discipline, core strength, flexibility and balance.  These classes are conducted as a group lesson.