2007-02-02 / Columnists

From The Artists Studio

KidsmART Heats Up Rockaway Artists Alliance
Commentary by Christine Mullally

KidsmART Heats Up
Rockaway Artists Alliance

Commentary by
Christine Mullally

Artistic instructor Cindy Rosin guides children through colorful creations in a hands-on environmental art workshop.
Artistic instructor Cindy Rosin guides children through colorful creations in a hands-on environmental art workshop.

As the temperature dips, we all feel the need to go somewhere warm. The reigning warmest place for kids on the peninsula remains the kidsmART after-school program in Building T-149 in Fort Tilden.

The year 2007 brings with it more improvements to the already amazing program. On the organized sports front, Instructor Patrick Brady is keeping many of the kids active and moving with relay races, flag football, and soccer. Weather permitting, kids seeking an athletic activity are outside every afternoon learning the rules of the games and having a blast. Brady can be seen from afar in his black and white striped ref's pinny and you can hear the kids laughing and shouting with enthusiasm.

The fun doesn't stop when the winter sun goes down. Back inside Brady is running daily Nok-Hockey and Foosball tournaments. The tables are crowded, there's excitement in the air and Brady and Teen Assistants keep the games moving and fair.

Foos Ball is front and center. In the background, Bernard Smith and Patrick Brady run chess games and a Nok Hockey Tournament.
Foos Ball is front and center. In the background, Bernard Smith and Patrick Brady run chess games and a Nok Hockey Tournament. Too cold to go outside, but too long of a school day to sit still some more? Not a problem. Theater Instructor Ellen Fabbricatore is waiting for those yearning for a taste of the theater life or just wanting to while away the afternoon using their imaginations to transport them to somewhere else. Up on the stage the theater games transform Rockaway kids into museum statues, rock stars and colorful families.

When Fabbricatore and her impromptu theater troupe are not on the stage, you'll find Khadyjah Alleyne, kidsmART's Drumming and Dance Instructor leading those with moving feet through jazz, African, and modern dance routines. On any given day, any kid willing to try will learn a short dance routine and some new moves that they can take with them.

For those in the mood for something that requires a bit less physical movement and more mind-heart generated activities, kidsmART offers a variety of centers. Respected and renowned Visual Arts Instructors, Arianna Rose, Kalin Callaghan, Nancy Cusack, Carolyn Cryan, Christen Kiernan and Cindy Rosin tap into the creativity of the kids offering workshops in painting, jewelry making, papier mache and clay sculpture, card making, magnet making, and much more.

For those in search of something a bit more cerebral, analytic or strategic, please see Bernard or Ross. Music Instructor and Chess Master Bernard Smith, teaches the game of chess and oversees matches. When he's not giving chess instruction Smith offers kidsmART kids premier one-on-one guitar lessons. Science Instructor, Ross Radusky offers hands-on science experiments from making slime to optical illusions and more - there's always something intriguing cooking up at his table. When he's not there, you'll find him helping kids navigate kid-friendly, age appropriate software in the up and running kidsmART computer center.

With the help of our youthful, enthusiastic and energetic Teen Assistants, the Homework, Library and Lego Centers are up and running. Kids build spaceships and read a plethora of books on different topics. They receive hands-on help and tutoring in math, science, history, reading and writing from tutors who actually understand the new math and inventive spelling - every parent's dream!

We're looking forward to a fun-filled winter with all of our returning participants and many new faces. Doors are open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30 - 6:30 pm. Come in from the cold! For additional information call, 718-474-0861.

SUBMISSION DEADLINE CORRECTION

Submission Deadline for Flash, The Photography Show: February 9, 2007. Submissions may include all manner of photography, old methods and new - film, digital, experimental, black and white, color, polaroids, photo booth, etc. For information please call the RAA office at 718 474-0861; e-mail: rockart116@ aol.com or visit: www. rockawayartists alliance. org.

Where Flowers Bloom in Winter exhibit on view January 20-February 18, 2007. Admission is free. Location: sTudio 6 Gallery in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) in Fort Tilden.

For information and directions please call the RAA office or visit: www.rockawayartists alliance. org.

Gallery hours: Saturdays 12-4 p.m.; Sundays 1-4 p.m. and by appointment. Raffle tickets are available during gallery hours for a lovely watercolor print by Martha Elliott Killian, "Hawaiian Flowers," and a beautiful arrangement of "everlasting flowers" donated by Danielle's Rockaway Florist.

The Board of Directors of the Rockaway Artists Alliance expresses its condolences to Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer and her family on the loss of her mother, Ruth Fagin.

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