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Community Arts Outreach Programming

"Rejoice in Recovery" Women's Drum Circle at Community Assessment and Treatment Services, Inc. (C.A.T.S.)  -  Since 2003, Broadway School of Music & the Arts has partnererd with C.A.T.S. to offer participatory arts activities within a 90-day residential treatment program for women in recovery from substance abuse.  Initiated with inspirational group singing led by Dr. J LanYe, currently the program involves healing drum circles based on traditional West African music, and dance. All sessions are led by Broadway School instructor Sister Yvetta.  Ten to twenty women meet for two hours twice monthly and learn to play simple polyrhythms using Broadway Schools' collection of congas, djembes and djun-djuns.  We have taken small groups of women on field trips to share their drum circle with the community in places such as senior centers and a farmer's market. On two other days each month, women learn diverse dance forms such as line, salsa, ballroom and more. These dynamic music and movement experiences provide an opportunity for fun, joy, emotional release and personal empowerment to women undergoing a structured treatment regimen.  


Eurhythmics and Visual Art Program at Villa and Union-Miles Head Start Centers

Broadway School of Music & the Arts' eurhythmics instructor Agnieszka Kotlarsic and visual art instructor Christine Hill are providing free weekly group classes to pre-K children at nearby Villa Head Start and Union-Miles Head Start, both programs of the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC). Our generous funding partner for these programs are CEOGC and Third Federal Foundation.

After-School Arts at University Settlement

During the 2017-18 school year and summer, Broadway School of Music & the Arts is partnering with neighboring University Settlement to provide after-school arts classes for youth in grades K-5. In fall, 2017, we are providing group classes in visual art with our instructor Meri Ruble.



Child Care Centers

In spring 2014 Broadway School of Music & the Arts began to provide area child care centers with Dalcroze Eurhythmics, followed by visual art classes in summer 2014.  We have worked with All Around Children, Little Inspirations, Loving Cup Kids Academy in Slavic Village, and later with the William Patrick Day Center's Head Start program and, during fall 2017, Cirque du Kids in Garfield Heights and Toybox Preschool in Cleveland. Through widespread anecdotal evidence from educators, we learned that kindergarten students are often entering school with little to no understanding of basic concepts such as colors, numbers and the alphabet. There is also a lack of appropriate social skills and developmentally on-track behavior. Through these classes, children ages three to five are able to have fun together and move around while improving active listening skills, enhancing fine motor skills, and learning self-control. They are also learning or re-inforcing pre-literacy skills through songs and structured play. The children walk or come by child care center bus to BSMA, or if transportation is an issue, our instructor will take the class to the child care center.



Senior Adult Storytelling

For the past three years, we have conducted storytelling sessons with African-American senior adults, led by master artist Oluremi Oliver from Cleveland Association of Black Storytellers. She provides prompts, such as “home”, or “finding solace”, to elicit personal stories, encouraging participants by building an atmosphere of trust. To make technology more personal for the seniors, we are videotaping the stories, providing participants with CD recordings, and uploading the stories on sharing platforms such as vimeo and YouTube. Many of last year's stories dealt with The Great Migration, one woman described how she carried out the dream of opening her own hair salon, and another talked of her prison experience.


Slavic Village Development   

For several decades, Broadway School of Music & the Arts has been a regular partner of our neighborhood community development corporation (CDC), Slavic Village Development, for activities ranging from hands-on art in a park, to arts and history programming for a local school, to a festival of arts and industry, to a neighborhood residency of The Cleveland Orchestra. For the past four years we have been a key local arts partner for Slavic Village Development's Rooms to Let event, which takes place over a weekend each spring. Three to four vacant houses, most slated for demolition, are identified by Slavic Village Development, and filled with temporary art installations by dozens of local artists and architects, which are open to the public to tour. The event seeks to change the predominant narrative of the neighborhood from one of loss and threat to one of creative generativity and promise. BSMA engages the community in hands-on arts activities during the event, such as building and decorating miniature "dream" houses of foam core, or painting healing images of home or place on canvas cut from used fire hoses. The fire hoses were also repurposed by artists to create a healing labyrinth on an empty lot which once contained a house.









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