Class Acts Arts
WISH LIST: $100: 1 African drumming workshop; $500: jazz performance at a senior center; $1000: Shakespeare residency with youth in detention
The arts play a critical role in children's lives: through theater and dance, drawing and singing, they are not only able to express themselves, but to explore a world beyond the classroom walls. While the arts have faced devastating cutbacks in many schools, Class Acts Arts ensures that creativity has a place. Since 1995, it has brought culturally diverse arts programs directly to DC-area schools and communities through alliances with artists, arts organizations, museums, community-based groups, and service agencies. Thanks to Class Acts Arts, over 350,000 audience members experienced 2,300 performances, workshops, and residency activities this year. Project Youth ArtReach also brings the arts into area detention and correctional facilities, and provides mentorships to incarcerated youth. Equally dedicated to arts and artists, Class Acts Arts offers employment and resources to 125 performers, writers, and creators. As one participant in Youth ArtReach wrote, art not only frees our bodies, “it relieves us from the confinement of our minds.” Let’s give every child the freedom to express and create.
James E Modrick
8720 Georgia Avenue, Suite 303
Silver Spring, MD 20910