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The Academy focuses on artistic growth through a plethora of disciplines including, but not limited to, painting, illustration, music composition and production, photography, graphic design, fashion design, creative writing, dancing/movement, and jewelry making. The Academy employs rigorous curriculums to improve artistic abilities in visual art, creative, and performing arts. The Academy accepts students of all ages and offers hybrid classes-both online and in person. Each cohort is assessed and placed in classes based on their skill-level.
The Paint Greater Than Initiative is a community effort that uses art and therapeutic approaches to inspire, empower, and foster safety within communities by utilizing flagship, mobile, and virtual safe spaces. We work to remove barriers and limitations for our participants, develop prosocial behaviors and form lifelong bonds. This initiative places a strong emphasis on community building and accessibility. It provides free or low-cost services to members of the community. The program serves all ages. However, many of our current participants are between the ages of 7-24.
Our youth enrichment summer camp helps young people hone prosocial skills and enjoy safe summer, exposure-rich programming. This keeps children occupied during the most fatal season. Summer camp participants range from ages 5-13 and runs for 10 weeks of summer from 8am-4pm.
This program involves our after school and mentoring component. Our project mission lies within its name “ASPIRE” where we hope to build communities by “Advancing Self-esteem, Peer/Interpersonal Relationships, and Education for youth and their families.” This mentorship program guides youth through business formation and gives them hands-on workforce development and entrepreneurial skills so that they can be financially equipped and less prone to crime and violence. We also provide resources and access to mental health care, homework assistance, tutoring, GED/supplemental education assistance, and parenting classes The program's participants range from 13-2
The Powerverse is a STREAM program that that equips youth with an introduction to the groundbreaking technological insights. The program is hybrid and meets weekly, in person and in Virtual Reality. The curriculum explores web design, avatars, Web3, Crypto, NFT, mechanics, podcasting, music production, virtual reality, augmented reality, and the meta verse. The Powerverse takes cohorts of at risk youth and exposes them to fast growing sustainable paying careers in technology. The program's curriculum is geared toward youth, ages 8-24.
Power Pedals is a wellness club where the goal is to get participants to build a healthier lifestyle and heal through movement. The program encourages participants to be a healthier version of themselves through biking, yoga and meditation, kickboxing, gardening, and other wellness activities. This program operates seasonally-during the warmer months, and is available to individuals of all ages.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”
― Maya Angelou.
Stephen King says that "the scariest moment is always just before you start." At Power of Paint, we encourage our students to start, despite any obstacles. We've created a journal for their guide and encourage taking risks whilst trusting the stories within their hearts. Creative writing taps into our imaginations and use imagery, drama, and narratives to amplify our voices and explore the "artistic power of language."- Columbia University. Participants learn about the various writing types, and styles in fun, creative ways.
HELP YOUR CHILD BECOME A BETTER WRITER!
Do you know a child who has been directly affected by gun violence? If yes, they could qualify for a fully paid summer camp and after school experience. We will be providing some youth who were directly impacted by gun violence with scholarships to our out-of-school programs. The scholarship fund is in honor of two very strong women who were impacted by gun violence and still managed to be assets to their communities. Ms.Tracey Anderson and Mrs. Movita Johnson-Harrell are amazing examples of resilience. The Anderson-Harrell Scholarship Fund will surely change some lives. If you know a child between 5 and 15 who has been impacted by gun violence who would like to attend our ten-week summer camp or after school program, please nominate them via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or apply directly below