GreenArts Afterschool Program - 2020
What: An environmental and health-focused arts afterschool program
Who: 2nd and 3rd graders
When: One hour sessions twice a week from January-March
Where: P.S. 55
Current Funders: This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council through a CASA grant from NYC Council Member Vanessa Gibson.
To expose children to the importance of healthy living, healthy foods, and physical fitness
To increase children’s self-confidence through writing and public speaking
To develop children’s fine art skills in drawing, painting, collage, and sculpture
To expose children to social activism
The Bronx Children’s Museum GreenArts After School program worked with 22 children in second and third grade at C.S. 55 and in collaboration with SCAN to provide fine art and music sessions twice a week from January to March 2020. Teaching artist Luss Nigaglioni guided children using movement and music, in an exploration about how they can inspire people to care about their health and their community.
Children were taught about healthy habits and mindfulness which culminated in the creation and production of songs about healthy choices. Tanya Fields, of the Urban Liberated Farm in the Bronx, taught children about healthy eating habits and demonstrated how to create an easy and nutritious breakfast.
“Being a part of the Bronx Children;s Museum Program has always been an extremely rewarding experience. My students have shown a great deal of growth in their communication skills and in their understanding of the rich history of music in The Bronx. They learned about health but also how to work as a team to create a collaborative work of art. The 2019-2020 school year was like none other and we were saddened that students could not perform their song encouraging health and happiness to their peers. Thank you to the Bronx Children's Museum and their teaching artist for returning to CS 55 next year to continue to provide quality programming." – Mr. Torres, Principal CS 55