New York, NY –(Wired PR News ) — April 6, 2010 – The Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center welcomes Spring with a schedule of art classes for the entire Harlem Community. Starting with a Digital Media course that utilizes Photoshop®, animated programs and other digital media formats, the schedule also includes an Art and Sculpture class for children and adults; a 3-D Painting course that will have participants using their artistic talents to decorate 3-dimensional objects such as furniture; a Fashion Design course for budding clothing designers; Painting for all ages, and a Mommy and Me Family Art program designed to bring out the artist in toddlers and their moms and caregivers.
“This is an important time to be part of the Arts movement in Harlem,” said Kim Jack Riley, the new Director of the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center who assumed the position in March. “With the pressure of the current economy, and the possible closing of the Harlem School of the Arts, it is more important than ever to provide this community with a world-class, year-round art curriculum that can ignite artistic curiosity in our young children, channel the passion and energy of our youth into positive expression, and foster the artistic talents of our residents for the common good of the entire community.”
The Center’s Spring Arts Program commences the week of April 12th, with classes taking place several times during the day to accommodate busy schedules, beginning at 10:45am for younger children, and continuing with after-school programs at 4:00pm, and adult classes from 5:30 – 7:00 pm most week nights and Saturdays. Classes cost $75 per child and $100 per adult for a 10-week program, and all classes are taught by professional artists with many years of teaching experience.
There is a limited Scholarship program based on individual need, and late registrations will be accepted. In addition to the regularly scheduled Spring, Fall and Winter semesters, the Center is implementing a Summer Camp program for children featuring art classes, movement, dance, and outdoor activities.
Special and On-Going Events
This year, the Center is jumping into the festivities for Harlem Week with a booth at the Launch Party at Grant’s Tomb on July 25th, and an “Arts Explosion” Street Festival on 148th Street on Sunday, August 8th.
Art work of the Center’s students and teachers goes on display April 9th, with a reception for the community from 7:00 – 9:00pm, and the Center’s on-going Art Exhibition program gets into full swing with an exhibit showcasing the work of local artists in its large exhibition space. Past exhibits include work from New York City Art Teachers, Rikers Island inmates, Immigrant Artists and the work of teachers and artists from the Arts Horizons-sponsored Artist/Teacher Institute (aTi).
“The Center is in the midst of a growing, changing community with a rich history and an exciting future,” Ms. Riley continued. “As a center based in this thriving New York neighborhood, we feel a great honor and responsibility to celebrate the arts, and show off the immense talent right here in our own backyard.”
For more information about the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center Spring Program schedule, please visit: http://tinyurl.com/LNCenter or call: (212) 862-2787.
About the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center
Located at 2785 Frederick Douglas Boulevard and 148th Street, within blocks of the A, B, C, D, and #3 subway stops, the Arts Horizons LeRoy Neiman Art Center opened its doors in June of 2008, with a generous gift from renowned painter LeRoy Neiman, who recognized the importance of providing programs in fine arts to young people in underserviced communities. In less than two years, the Center has become an integral resource in the central Harlem Community, and provides a hub of activity for young people, and residents of all ages.
About Arts Horizons
Arts Horizons, located in Englewood, NJ, is a premier arts-in-education, non-profit organization that reaches more than 300,000 children, teachers and parents a year throughout the New York/Metropolitan region with vibrant school and community-based programs where children gain appreciation for the arts. Founded in 1978, Arts Horizons is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York and New Jersey State Councils on the Arts as well as numerous foundations, corporations and generous individuals. To learn more about Arts Horizons, or to schedule a program, please visit: www.artshorizons.org or call (201) 567-1766 Ext. 106.
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