A4AC School Clubsallow students to use the visual and performing arts as a means to strengthen their communities. The program is divided into two facets: “Share Arts” and “Art as Therapy.” Through “Share Arts” students gain leadership skills as they showcase their talents and share their arts education with others. Additionally, with the training from an experienced counselor, “Arts as Therapy” students help at-risk youth use the arts as a vehicle for tackling social and emotional struggles. In both cases, artistic expression serves as a catalyst for improving our community's mental and physical health.
Currently, there are five active A4AC School Clubs, with other students from schools without formal clubs.
South Fork High School
Pine School Club
Jensen Beach High School
Pine School A4AC School Club (Maria Miele, faculty advisor)
Pine School Club Activity, 16 Jan 2014: "Yesterday at A4AC, we taught the children the importance of being true to themselves. We sang "This little light of mine" to emphasize that they need to always let their unique light shine in everything they do. After singing, we talked about how Martin Luther King Jr. (whose birthday was the day prior) let his light shine by standing up for what he believed in, and how, by being true to himself, he made an impact in the world. Then, to let the kids apply what they learned, we made bracelets with them. Each child made a unique bracelet, and we emphasized that even though they were different, the bracelets and their creators were truly beautiful!"
South Fork High School (Eileen Walentin, faculty advisor)
The SFHS A4AC Club is preparing for their Hope for Freedom concert (March 1). Keep up with them through their Facebook group.
The South Fork High School A4AC club is a group of performing and visual artists who work together to serve both the school and the community on a local and global level. Annual events include Hibiscus Children’s Center Day of the Arts, Dance for Food, Therapeutic Arts Days, and Hope for Freedom Benefit Concert to fight human trafficking. This year they will also add arts education outreach through the Boys and Girls Clubs of Martin County. All events are student planned and run with facilitation from club teacher sponsor, Eileen Walentin.
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