Green Street Accepting Proposals for Innovative Courses

In the interest of expanding the curriculum offered to students in our After School programming, we are currently seeking  proposals for innovative and invigorating arts, science, math, and interdisciplinary courses at the Green Street Arts Center of Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT (which is also now home to PIMMS,  the Project to  Increase the Mastery of Mathematics and Science).  Green Street currently offers After School programming to 1st-8th grade students, who elect to enroll in classes from one to five days per week.  Classes are typically one hour long and meet once per week.  Classes for middle school students are offered on Mondays through Fridays from 3-4:00 p.m and 4-5:00 p.m., while classes for 1st-5th graders are scheduled from 4-5:00 p.m.
We currently offer classes in Visual Arts, Dance and Movement, Music, Theater, Science, and interdisciplinary topics, as well.  More specifically, our most recent After School course offerings have included such topics as:  graffiti, fashion design, animation, art & science, digital photography, mask making, playwriting, improvisational theater, breakdance, hip hop, capoeira, circus, clowning, yoga, songwriting, instrumental music, African drumming, science experiments, sign language, Spanish culture, and more. We strongly encourage the proposal of interdisciplinary classes, especially classes which explore the intersections of art, math, and science.
In an attempt to encourage professional teaching artists, community members, and university students to share their passion, skills, and expertise, we ask that you relay your ideas and proposals for fall 2013 classes in the After School program via our survey at the following link:
Please note that our fall After School program will begin on Sept. 9, 2013 (with a required staff orientation day on the weekend of Sept. 7th) and runs through December 6, 2013 (with our culminating Solstice Performance/Exhibition on that same evening, 12/6/13).  In order to provide a challenging, cohesive experience for the children we serve, please be advised that all After School teachers are expected to demonstrate full commitment to that calendar of dates.
We do hope that you will consider sharing your ideas for possible classes, and that you will take this opportunity to complete our Call for Fall 2013 Class Proposals survey.  The surveys must be completed by Monday, April 15th, with our goal to release a final schedule of classes by the end of April or early May.  Please direct any questions that you may have regarding the Green Street After School program or regarding this call for class proposals to myself, Sandy Guze at 860-685-7860 or email me sguze@wesleyan.edu.  I look forward to hearing about the amazing learning opportunities you have in mind.

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