During the summer of 2016, The Rockwell’s educators, along with our partners at The Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes, 171 Cedar Arts Center, Tanglewood Nature Center and CareFirst (formerly Southern Tier Hospice), will offer programs to approximately 135 students served by the Corning Salvation Army, Addison Youth Center, Hornell Area Concern for Youth, and the Corning Area Youth Center.
The goal of the program is to educate children about nutrition and health, art, music and natural science through interactive experiences. The “Garden of Fire” title represents the gardening and fire ceramics activities that will be offered as part of the program. The connection between gardens and pottery includes not only food storage and cooking but more fundamentally in the fact that the clay used in ceramics comes from regional soils.
The students’ ceramic creations will be exhibited at the program’s festival held in August 2016. CareFirst will visit each youth center site to teach about cycles of life and help children with tools of self-expression during periods of loss. In addition, a professional percussionist will facilitate drum circle experiences to engage students in a collaborative process which speak to the rhythms and patterns of life.
Each component of the program offers students a unique perspective and opportunities which they would not otherwise be exposed to in their communities. It also allows students of varied backgrounds to work together to learn new skills and create, all within a safe and supportive environment.
The program will culminate with a festival celebrating the students’ work held at CareFirst for the children and their families . The festival, planned for August 12, will include many family activities, including interactive art projects and demonstrations.
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