2006-09-29 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

kidsmART Registration This Weekend Rockaway Artists Alliance
By Susan Hartenstein

kidsmART Registration This Weekend
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Pictured: kidsmART Artistic Instructor Kalin Callaghan and Teen Assistant Federico Salinas lead a group of kidsmART kids in the creation of small-scale sculptures made from multi-colored modeling clay. Pictured: kidsmART Artistic Instructor Kalin Callaghan and Teen Assistant Federico Salinas lead a group of kidsmART kids in the creation of small-scale sculptures made from multi-colored modeling clay. Arts @ Fort Tilden: ARTSPLASH: RAA's month-long arts festival featuring visual, performing and spoken word artists. On view through October 15 at the Rockaway Center for the Arts. Admission to the exhibition and special events is free. Gallery hours: Saturdays: 12-4 p.m., Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. For information: (718) 474-0861; rockart116@aol.com, www.rockawayartistsalliance.org.

Upcoming performance @ ARTSPLASH: Saturday, October 7 at 3 p.m. the highly praised Mariana Bekerman Dance Company will perform "Taro," a fifty-five minute dance concerning mysticism and the human psyche. It is performed to original music. More about "Taro" in next week's column.

Save the date! At RAA's next monthly meeting, Monday, October 9 @ 7:30 p.m., Joseph Rothenberg will present an illustrated slide lecture on John Singleton Copley the foremost portrait painter in colonial America in pre-Revolutionary days. The talk will feature a discussion of Copley's visit to the Rockaways in 1771 to paint the portrait of Josiah Martin's granddaughter, Mary Elizabeth Martin, which hung over the mantelpiece at Rock Hall - the magnificent Georgian home that Josiah built in 1767 and which is now Rock Hall Museum. Rothenberg is a docent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art where several of Copley's portraits hang. The meeting will take place in Building T-149 at Ft. Tilden. Members and non-members are cordially invited to attend. Rock Hall presentation: Sunday, November 5 at 1:30 p.m. More information next week.

kidsmART Artistic Director Carolyn Cryan offers hands-on lessons in painting a clay sculpture to a kidsmART participant. kidsmART Artistic Director Carolyn Cryan offers hands-on lessons in painting a clay sculpture to a kidsmART participant. New deadline for submission of entries for "Gifted," RAA's member exhibition: September 30, 2006.

RAAis excited to begin the 2006-2007 season of kidsmART After-School Program. The following positive changes will take place or have already taken place. kidsmART will begin earlier in the school year.

The start date is October 10, 2006. This will enable us to offer 26 weeks of programming during the school year. Our tentative end date is April 26, 2007. kidsmART is free to all children ages 6 -13. In addition to the visual and performing arts curriculum we've offered in the past, we are proud to announce that we now also offer homework assistance, a multimedia library with two computer work stations and a relaxed space for the children to discuss what's on their minds.

One of the main components that makes kidsmART such a dynamic and inspiring program is the staff. This fall we are pleased to announce that the following instructors will be returning for the 2006-2007 season: Nancy Cusack, painting; Kalin Callaghan, clay and papier maché sculpture; Khadyjah Alleyne, dance and rhythm and beat; Bernard Smith, music and chess; Arianna Rose, drumming and digital photography; Emily Green, multi-media and arts and crafts; Cindy Rosin, environmental art; Ross Radusky, Carolyn Cryan and Christen Kiernan, recreation and arts and crafts; and Ellen Fabbricatore, theater.

It is the goal of kidsmART to provide a safe and nurturing after-school environment for as many children as possible. We ask that if you choose kidsmART to be a part of your child's life, you and your child honor that commitment the same way you would honor your commitment to their playing a sport, pursuing music lessons, etc. As for our end of the bargain, we will continue to help them with their homework, encourage them to form new friendships, simply play, run around and have fun, laugh, use their imaginations, sculpt and paint and do arts and crafts, dance and sing and play music.

In order to register your child, please come to Building T-149 in Fort Tilden on Saturday, September 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Registration is on a first-come, firstserve basis and space is limited.

Marina Callaghan will be one of the honorees at the annual dinner of the Good Government Regular Democratic Club on November 16 at El Caribe in Brooklyn. She is the Education Program Coordinator of the Rockaway Artists Alliance and Co-Director of camp kidsmART. Callaghan has served in many roles in this organization, not the least of which is as a devoted friend and colleague both within RAA and the community. Congratulations, Marina. Well deserved.

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