While no one would argue that reading, writing and arithmetic form the core of a child’s education, we’ve always believed the performing and visual arts play a large part, as well, in forming a well-rounded, creative individual. Downtown Aurora Visual Arts (DAVA) provides arts education programs for urban youth ages 3 to 17.
If you child loves art, you should check it out. For most programs, the price is right… FREE.
Open Studio is a FREE drop-in program is for students ages 7-17 after school, Monday through Friday, and during the summer. Participants choose from a variety of art projects, including ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media. Art projects are also designed to stimulate learning in other areas — including science, health, and geography.
The Open Studio is not only a creative space for young artists, it is a rich playing field for kids’ endless imaginations. It is often through the Open Studio that children first experiment with a wide variety of materials and learn how to navigate an arts classroom, follow instructions, and finish projects successfully.
No registration needed. Open Studio hours are Monday through Thursday, 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. From June 4 through August 3, studio hours are 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Family Arts is a twice weekly program for children (ages 3 to 6) and their parents. It is designed to increase school-readiness, creativity, and motor skills.
Family Arts is FREE and you can attend on a drop-in basis. Family Arts hours: Wednesdays and Fridays, 10 a.m. to noon.
There’s even an art gallery at DAVA, where student artists in the after-school programs can showcase their work, just like the pros.
1405 Florence Street Aurora, 303-367-5886.
Thanks to MHOTC reader Lisa for sharing this information with us.