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smART KIDS Year End Exhibition

smART KIDS Exhibit Showcases Student Art from After School Programs Facilitated By The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative.

Exhibition opening Friday June 7 from 5:30 to 8:30. Runs through June.

June 7, 2019 Charlottesville, VA — The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative hosts an exhibition of student artwork in celebration of the creative efforts of the elementary students participating in the smART KIDS after school program.

Since late 2017, The Bridge has provided artistic after-school programming to children in Charlottesville, free of charge. The smART KIDS program focuses on connecting students to working artists in our community to provide unique creative perspectives and build upon the strengths of our creative community. The students engage a wide variety of creative opportunities over the course of a semester, often including dance, painting, drawing, music, printmaking, and other outside-the-box mediums. The focus is creative exploration and discovery that allows students to learn something new about art and themselves.

This event is open to all parents, students and community members interested in learning more about The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative’s efforts to bring high-quality, accessible creative programming to students in Charlottesville. Alan Goffinski, Director of The Bridge states, “I remember the impact opportunities like smART KIDS had on me as a kid. It troubles me to know that these creative outlets are becoming less and less available for elementary school students. This exhibit is an opportunity to celebrate the powerful effect that creative discovery can have on a young person’s development, self-awareness, and self esteem.”

The exhibition will celebrate the hard work of Clark Elementary students all year, and the recent expansion of the program to all three Boys & Girls Club locations in Charlottesville.


For more details, visit: http://thebridgepai.org/calendar/opening-smart-kids-2019/

Consistently one of the most rewarding programs we host is our after school program. Since late 2017, The Bridge has provided artistic after-school programming to children in Charlottesville, free of charge. The smART KIDS program focuses on connecting students to working artists in our community to provide unique creative perspectives and build upon the strengths of our creative community. The students engage a wide variety of creative opportunities over the course of a semester, often including dance, painting, drawing, music, printmaking, and other outside-the-box mediums. The focus is creative exploration and discovery that allows students to learn something new about art and themselves.

This event is open to all parents, students and community members interested in learning more about The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative’s efforts to bring high-quality, accessible creative programming to students in Charlottesville.

All June, our gallery will bestow upon our young participants the great honor of their very own gallery exhibition! Needless to say, the kiddos are psyched. And honestly, we are too! The students and our teaching artists have a lot to be proud of this year!