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INNOVATION & IMAGINATION

Thanks to a generous grant from First Niagara Bank, the Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) has invited (5) East Ramapo Elementary school classes to participate in Innovation and Imagination, a two-part program free of charge. During the first session, classes visit RoCA for an interactive tour of the Bricolage exhibit led by a museum educator, where students actively respond to contemporary art through open-ended discussions and art activities. Inspired by the art on view, students then work in RoCA's studios to transform and repurpose everyday materials, creating imaginary inventions. The theme of invention will be exemplified through focused observation, intercurricular activities, creative writing, critical thinking and conceptual, mixed-media art projects.

The Bricolage exhibit features artists whose works range from pure art objects made from unexpected materials to participatory installations of sound, art and science. In the practical arts and the fine arts, the term bricolage refers to the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things that happen to be available, or a work created by such a process. These artists look at the discarded detritus of consumer culture and imagine a better world. Bricolage encourages students to explore how art helps us think critically and offers solutions to challenges through creative and innovative art activities.

Between the two sessions, classroom teachers work with students, utilizing the Innovation and Imagination curriculum, to write plans for their inventions including goals, needs, implementation and plans for future use. Session 2 of the program will be held in the school where students will construct finished three dimensional models of their own inventions that range from practical to imaginary. The program will culminate with an exhibition of the student artwork at RoCA's Annual Student Exhibit.

The goal of Innovation and Imagination program is to stimulate creative problem solving by having students imagine, design and build projects according to universal and individual needs.

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ART WORLDS Family Day Claymation Film Festival, Exhibition & FREE Art Workshops

Saturday, January 4th, 2014, 1:00 – 4:00PM

Place of event:
Rockland Center for the Arts
27 South Greenbush Road
West Nyack, NY 10994

Join us in celebrating the talent of young artists in Spring Valley, NY, in collaboration with Martin Luther King Multi Purpose Center, Excellence in Education & Living Environments for Families (EELEF) afterschool program and Spring Valley High School. Artwork on view will include Claymation Short Films, Zines, Mixed Media Art and more! A free art workshop will be offered and refreshments will be served.

All art was created in a series of free afterschool programs that RoCA provided to students in the East Ramapo Central School District. These programs were made possible thanks to a generous grant from Wells Fargo Bank.

For more information please contact School Director, Daly Flanagan. (845) 358-0877 ext. 17

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Wells FargoRockland Center for the Arts (RoCA) received generous funding from Wells Fargo for Art Worlds, a pilot after school art program for students (grades 1–12) in Spring Valley, NY. During the 2013/2014 school year, Art Worlds will provide free art classes in nurturing environments with positive peers and adult role models. These innovative, in-depth studio classes promote creative skills, critical thinking and introduce new techniques, materials and concepts. 

Wells Fargo

Art Worlds is a partnership with community centers including: the Martin Luther King Multi Purpose Center (serving grades 1-8), the Excellence in Education & Living Environments for Families program at Spring Valley Commons (serving grades 1-12) and Spring Valley High School (grades 9 -12). 

Art Worlds provides positive alternatives to destructive behavior for at-risk youth and hands-on projects for children lacking outlets for their natural creativity. It will teach valuable skills and bring students important connections to caring adults, community groups and job and career opportunities.

Two field trips to RoCA will enable families to experience and create art together. As a culminating event, program participants will display their art at a RoCA exhibition.