Carpe Diem Arts is excited to announce our Summer ArtVentures menu of culturally diverse visual, literary, and performing arts programs — a consolation prize during these unprecedented times when most of the usual summer camps are shuttered due to the continued threat of the virus. The silver lining is that we can invite friends and family from around the world to join us for these shared experiences.
Parents and students will find an awesome array of classes, taught by a remarkable group of artists and leaders in their fields, award-winning authors, musicians, and inspired teachers from near and far, including Denise Jones, Mary Amato, Kofi Dennis, Lilo Gonzalez, Raina Greifer, Lea Morris, Eliza Newlin-Carney, Reggie Harris, Wiley White, and many more.
Subjects include Songwriting, Ukulele, Guitar, Ethiopian and Eritrean Dance, Poetry and Playwriting, Book Clubs with authors, Quilt Portraits, Strong Girls Club, Radio Plays, Stage Presence, Puppetry, Juggling, Photography, African Drumming, songs and true stories from the civil rights movement over the course of history, and more. Financial aid is available for those in need.
Visit https://carpediemarts.org/summer-artventure-2020-class-offerings for class descriptions.
There are also several free offerings: “Making Thank You Cards for Healthcare Workers” and the “Free Minds Write Night” on June 24 when volunteers read and respond to poems written by incarcerated youth. Students can receive credit for these two programs towards their community service requirement. Another free offering is the “Daily Antidote of Song” program at 12 noon ℅ Washington Revels and Carpe Diem, featuring song leaders and recording artists from a vast array of cultures and traditions.
Stay tuned for the future roll-outs of course offerings: Conversations with Civil Rights leaders, American Sign Language, Intro to 3D Printing, Spanish and French immersion weeks (musical, literary and visual arts), Bilingual Songs with Latin Grammy Award winners Andres and Christina Salguero, LPC-Ecole International Songs, Geography lessons through song, Amharic, Book Clubs, Culinary Arts, Slam Poetry, mouth trumpet, body percussion, and a virtual choir project.
To mitigate the effects of “screen fatigue” that we are all experiencing, online class time is limited, encouraging older students to work independently and then share their work. In some cases, we will schedule art exhibits, performances of songs, plays, readings of poetry, when the Covid restrictions are lifted.
In order to make these programs available to everyone, including low-income families and immigrant communities, while also supporting our artist community, Carpe Diem Arts is seeking support from those who recognize the value and the importance of access and inclusion. Donations can be made at www.paypal.me/carpediemarts or at CarpeDiemArts.org/donation-page Anyone registering for a class will also have an opportunity to include a donation to the financial aid fund.