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Free arts after school in Poughkeepsie

Free arts after school in Poughkeepsie

POUGHKEEPSIE: In reaction to the terrible circumstances of public schools removing or significantly decreasing arts instruction budgets, the nonprofit Foundation for New American Art (FNAA) was established. FNAA is committed to providing underprivileged children in low-income communities with arts education programs.

Through the Paint Brushes Not Guns 2024 Poughkeepsie Initiative, the group inspires kids to graduate and follow their ambitions by utilizing the expressive mediums of dance, music, and art. The nonprofit organization wants to provide cultural equity to communities where there aren’t enough opportunities for people to engage in and learn about dance, art, theater, and performance.

At the Foundation for New American Art, we firmly think that art has the innate power to inspire greatness, break down barriers, and mend hurts. As part of our unwavering mission to steer kids away from drugs and gang violence, we light the creative sparks in every child, giving them the ability to use self-expression to create the life they want. The national director of the group, Phoebe Legere, stated that “where there is art, there is hope.”

WHO: Children between the ages of 8 and 12.

WHAT: Master Teachers in painting, singing, dancing, drama, and music are offering a free program. The courses, workshops, and mentorship sessions are provided free of charge under the direction of Phoebe Legere, Executive Director of the Foundation for New American Art.

WHERE: 488 Main Street in Poughkeepsie, New York is the address of the Foundation for New American Art program.

WHEN: Starting on March 20, 2024, the lessons are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

HOW: With additional funding from Vassar College, Hudson River Housing and a 2024 grant from NYSCA jointly finance the program. Each week, music and dance classes will be taught by master teachers from SUNY New Paltz and Vassar College. The music department at Vassar College kindly donated the grand piano, and the program is offered in three languages. Everyone is welcome.

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