Numerous programs utilize the arts to address issues related to youth culture. Collaboration with multiple sectors of the community provide innovative and challenging cultural enrichment for young people.
These programs endeavor to assist youth in understanding themselves and their world while exploring individual creativity and self-expression. Artist-driven programs play a major role, engaging regional artists in projects that challenge both the artists and their young collaborators. Each year, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County host a variety of programs and workshops in many media ranging from fine arts, theater, music and dance. A sampling of the programs is highlighted below:
Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s National Photography Program and Contest, was created to provide Club members the opportunity to express themselves creatively, build confidence and learn fun new skills.
Boys & Girls Club members attend exciting theater productions and workshops, such as “A Perfect Balance.” This one-man show depicted Alexander Calder, as he invented a new art form, the Mobile. The children laughed as they were entertained and later the actor taught them to make their own mobiles.
This play from the Culture Company taught conflict resolution to Boys & Girls Clubs members, through lessons from Japan, Iraq and the Inuit culture. Club members practiced reading, art, organizational and drama skills as well as experiencing the joy of performing.
At the Norton Museum of Art, Club members appreciate sculptures in the museum's garden, admire the permanent collection, and marvel over the Chihuly glass ceiling. The P.A.C.E. (Progressive Afterschool Art Community Education) program brings a teacher to the Florence De George club site for lessons that are reinforced through field trips to the museum. De George members have created two beautiful murals with the P.A.C.E. program.
The following are examples of the fine classes provided by the Center for Creative Education. CCE artists teach and inspire our youth with integrated arts and academic programming.
This program allows Club members to become clowns through characterization, face painting and costuming. They learn “clown skills” including: juggling, working with props and making balloon animals. Students also practice reading as a group and learn the history of clowning.
The cultural and historical significance of these arts promote appreciation of Mande cultures of West Africa, as well as the connections between art forms.
“ReFocus,” is a collaboration between the Florida Atlantic University Galleries, Resource Depot in West Palm Beach, and the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Beach County. Beginning in the fall 2013, selected FAU visual arts students began serving as mentors to teenagers at the Boys and Girls Club Belle Glade Teen Center. Employing arts integration philosophies and teaching methods, “ReFocus” combines the visual arts and environmental sciences to explore conservation and art by using recycled materials provided by the Resource Depot in West Palm Beach. “ReFocus” is coordinated for the University Galleries Museum Education Program by Jill Lavetsky, a recent FAU MFA graduate and teaching artist.
If your organization or cultural group would like to partner with or host a program for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County, please contact us at (561) 683-3287 or firstname.lastname@example.org