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Spring Break Camp at Krause Children's Center
Screen Printing and Dance Programs

ARTreach brought a combination of programs to Krause during Spring Break. The girls were invited to collaborate in teams on a design for a group t-shirt. In the design process, Program Director Danny Russo led them in a conversation about values that are postitive and that lead to happiness in life. The girls were encouraged to participate in the conversation, while Danny carefully wrote down their ideas. The group was then given art materials from which they could express these values visually. At the end of this exercise, the girls were able to contribute ideas and elements that were combined in one team design. From this design, Danny created a screen for printing. On a different day, the girls were each taught a lesson in screen printing, and then were each given the chance to screen print their original design on to their own t-shirt. Four team shirt designs were created in all.

Meanwhile, Program Director Chris Gamez with URGEWORKS taught Hip-Hop Dance to the teams seperately. Over a period of three days, he taught them a dance routine, encouraging every girl to try. He reinforced along the way the positive effects of dancing as a way to express and release any negative emotions. On the final day, the girls performed for a small audience. At the end of the performance, each was given a rose and was encouraged to talk about their experiences during the week. Here are some of their comments:

"The t-shirts helped us to come together as a team."
 
"I didn’t know I could dance before this."
 
One girl said to all the girls, "See, we don’t need drama on the unit. We all need to just work together!"

"I never knew that men could be this nice."

The girls expressed their appreciation to instructors and their assistants as they ended their week, asking when ARTreach would be back.

ARTreach wishes to thank Krause Volunteer Director Rina John, Program Directors Danny Russo and Chris Gamez, Resource Coordinator Marla Ward, Program Assistants Omar Gamez, Fran Mignoli and Brian Bartell. We extend also our thanks to Krause, Texas Commission on the Arts, and to Fort Bend Junior Service League for their continued support of our programs.

 


ARTreach is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that provides mentoring and art-related programs to a growing population of children at risk, children and adults with special needs, the elderly and others in need.