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The Bridge Expands smART KIDS Program and Welcomes New Staff, Karina Monroy

The Bridge is excited to announce the expansion of our smART KIDS creative discovery program  to three new locations! We will be partnering with Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Virginia starting this spring. We are pleased to welcome our new smART KIDS Program Coordinator, Karina Monroy to the team.

Karina A. Monroy was born and raised in Southern California. In 2016 she received her B.A. in art and anthropology from the University of California, Santa Cruz. Karina’s upbringing as a daughter of Mexican immigrants has led her to seek a life and career dedicated to the social justice and representation of Latinx communities. She has served on The Bridge’s programming committee for the past year and is excited to step into this new role with us.

Karina also serves as the Program Coordinator for Creciendo Juntos, one of Cville’s leading Latinx advocacy organizations. We’re certain that Karina’s strong community connections will be useful in orchestrating meaningful experiences for our smART KIDS students. If you’d like to learn about what Makes Karina tick, check out her CreativeMornings talk.

More about smART KIDS:

smART KIDS at The Bridge is a versatile and scalable youth engagement program that uses art workshops to connect children with inspiring local artists; allowing children to actively engage with the creativity happening in their own community. Kids have unique opportunities to discover talents, interests, curiosities, problem solving and critical thinking skills in a comfortable and inspiring environment. With this program, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative furthers our mission of Bridging Diverse Communities Through the Arts by facilitating intergenerational connection between students and teachers and designing great formational experiences for youth.

Our Objectives:

  • Offer ongoing art-making workshops for kids, instructed by diverse Charlottesville artists.
  • Allow artists to share their creative talents and instruct students in the creation of unique art projects. Each art instructor brings something new and fresh so students learn different critical thinking, creative exploration, and art-making techniques.
  • Give children the opportunity to make meaningful connections to artists who live and work in their own community.
  • Provide an inspiring space for kids to make art where students feel welcome to visit, engage and participate.
  • Serve the local arts community by providing a paid opportunity for artists to engage youth and further develop a social practice.