A Peek Inside Out-of-School Arts

Teaching Artist Maggie McGuire works with teens on social media videos in our Out-of-School Arts Program. 

Teaching Artist Maggie McGuire works with teens on social media videos in our Out-of-School Arts Program. 

Summer classes are upon us here at Living Arts! That means babies clapping, six year-olds mixing paint, dance teams stretching their legs, and our teen artists working on awesome summer projects.

Students love to use our camera to investigate our classroom, take portraits of their friends, and showcase their artwork. The camera's memory card is overflowing with glimpses of the charming, friendly world through our student's eyes.

That's why, with the help of some of our senior teen artists, we created a short video showing some of the joyful moments from our out-of-school classes to celebrate.

The music is by student artist DeAryus Williams. He creates beats with Living Arts teaching artist and local phenom Sterling Toles. The Beatmaking class is a cornerstone of our out-of-school classes. It feels meaningful and great to be able to harness their work for our soundtrack!

Open Studio members Diamond and Bailey helped create the video's message and voiceover. Both have obvious star quality, but more than that they have questioning and focused minds. Diamond is learning how to edit footage as well, so we are sure to see more of her work in the future!

Living Arts is a real, vibrant network of young people, local artists, parents, educators, and community members. Each has their own viewpoint on the amazing creative work happening. We hope this summer you'll join us and add your own!