Art Programs at Boys & Girls Clubs of the Fox Valley
These programs are designed to foster creativity in young people, and give them outlets for self-expression. From photography to hip-hop, our arts programs have something that will inspire everyone.
Lyricism 101 is a program designed to cultivate and amplify the powerful, formidable voices of Club teens.
Recognizing the power of the literary arts, Lyricism 101 positions Club members as torchbearers and experts in the ancient oral poetic traditions that continue to thrive around the world. The program gives teens an opportunity to tell their stories, build community and express their artistic visions through music.
This year-round program encourages Club members ages 6 to 18 to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography. After local and regional competitions, the ImageMakers National Photography Contest yields regional and national winners ages 6-18 whose photographs compete in several categories: Culture and Tradition, Portraits, Nature and Surroundings, Fashion and Style, and Editing and Filter. The annual contest is designed to help Club members go beyond taking simple snapshots and develop the skills to produce photographs that can truly impact a viewer.
MusicMakers inspires young people to produce music, and to create their life’s soundtrack.
Young people need positive outlets for creative self-expression, and many have a keen interest in the performing arts. Musical study develops critical thinking, self-discipline, self-esteem, self-confidence and teamwork.
The goal of MusicMakers National Music Education Program is to promote young people’s natural love of music and to increase their appreciation of this art form while building their skills so they can express themselves using instruments such as the guitar or drums.
Drama Matters Afterschool
Drama education builds self-confidence, sparks creativity and boosts academic achievement. Drama Matters Afterschool is a weekly program consisting of 60 minute sessions segmented for beginner, intermediate and advanced members. Each session can be adapted to fit the age of participants as well. Sessions consist of a short warm-up; a main activity of games, script work or performance; and a 10-minute cool-down. The lessons include many different ways for members to express themselves creatively, from costumes to set design or directing.