BV Arts Council Partners With YMCA Art Classes Now Offered At After-school Program

Art Classes Now Offered
Art Classes Now Offered At After-school Program

Children attending the Y After School program at Enderly Heights Elementary School are being given the opportunity to explore new forms of art from local artists. The Rockbridge Area YMCA recently partnered with the Buena Vista Arts Council to pilot a program providing art classes for children twice per week.

“The Buena Vista Arts Council was looking for new ways to increase their presence within the community and we were looking for community members with a special talent or skill to provide enrichment to children in our program,” said Annie LePere, child care director for the Rockbridge Area YMCA. “It really was a win-win for both of us!”

Each week a different volunteer from the Buena Vista Arts Council visits the school and provides hands-on instruction in various art forms. Some of the projects the children will be participating in include tracing a 3D image of their hand, tye-dye, salt painting, cyanotype printing, and stained glass painting.

“Our mission is to support creativity and the arts in our community, so this was a perfect partnership,” said Buena Vista Arts Council Director Sarah Straw. “Our volunteers have loved making art with these kids!”

One of the main goals of the Y’s after-school program is to make the most out of the time children have after the school day. They do this by offering enrichment learning opportunities designed to engage and expand young minds, but it’s become a communitywide effort, said LePere. The Rockbridge Area YMCA has created over 25 community partnerships that serve their youth development programs and that number continues to grow.

The Rockbridge Area YMCA services three local school divisions; Rockbridge County, Buena Vista, and Lexington, through Y After School and enrichment programs. The Y is currently serving 133 children through these programs impacting six schools with an additional location planned for October. In the coming months’ children can look forward to even more enrichment activities provided by Halestone Dance, experiential education with Burr Datz, sports clinics from athletes at the local universities, and music exploration with local musicians.

For more information on the Y After School program and how to become involved, visit or call 464-9622.

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