The East Side Arts Council is committed to bringing Artists to schools to increase passion for the Arts for future generations.

 

ArtsYES at schools and recreation centers offers classes from professional artists in subjects such as Hip-Hop dance, Hmong dance, visual arts, theater, and more. After school classes culminate in an exhibition of works in-progress for families and the community.  ESAC’s work with 21st Century Learning of St. Paul Public Schools has documented that students are truant much less if they are involved in these classes. Participating schools include: Farnsworth Aerospace Upper School, Battle Creek Middle School, Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, Ramsey Middle School, Murray Middle School, Highland Park Middle School, Hazel Park Academy, Parkway Montessori Middle School, YMCA, Journeys (alternative high school), and Washington Technology Magnet Upper School.


We also offer arts classes at 20 parks and recreation centers, significantly reducing transportation barriers, as part of the Art for Summer Blast program in partnership with Saint Paul Parks and Recreation. Professional artists visit four recreation centers each week to bring art classes selected by each site based on the interests of youth.


CURRENT CLASSES

 

Maxfield Elementary/YMCA

Umfundalai Dance with Leanna Browne

Leanna Browne teaches Umfundalai, a contemporary movement technique informed by traditional dances of the African Diaspora. Ms. Brown was invited back to Maxfield this fall after leading a successful Umfundalai program there over the summer.

Storytelling with Suzanne Cross

Suzanne Cross uses storytelling to encourage creativity, communication, and collaboration. Students working with Ms. Cross develop their unique creative voices through theater games andcreating original storytelling performances to share with each other.


Journey’s Secondary School

Hip Hop/African Dance with Edna Stevens

Edna Stevens been dancing for most of her life and has worked professionally in New York, the Twin Cities, and internationally. Edna teaches hip hop through a lens that explores its deep roots in traditional African dance.


Washington Technology Magnet Upper School

Visual Arts with Mica Anders

Mica Anders’ after school class explores different forms of visual arts, from painting and drawing to mixed media. Ms. Anders was invited back to teach at Washington again this year.


Highland Park Middle School

Comic Book Making with Dave Branch

Dave Branch first connected with East Side Arts Council through an internship with Artmobile, and was a huge hit with kids last summer. He teaches all aspects of comic book making, from drawing, to narrative, and layout.


Parkway Montessori Middle School

Hip Hop with Danny Yang

Danny Yang is a break dancer and hip hop artist with a mission to share his passion for dance with young people. He uses dance battles as a way for students to work collaboratively, encourage each other, and communicate.


Farnsworth Aerospace Upper School

Visual Arts with Ana Laura Jaurez

Ana Laura Juarez is a printmaker, book artist, and painter. She studied fine art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her students are currently focusing on linoleum block printing and painting. Ana Laura was invited to return back to Farnsworth after highly successful classes last year.

Hmong Dance with Julia Vang

Julia Vang is teaching a dance class and Farnsworth Aerospace Upper School. Her students are learning traditional Hmong dance techniques. Julia has been invited back to Farnsworth every year for the past six years.


Hazel Park Academy

Anime Comic Book Making with Caitlin Skaalrud

Caitlin Skaalrud will teach an Anime class, which was specifically requested by the students of Hazel Park. Her class will focus on drawing in the anime style, narrative, and layout.


John A. Johnson Elementary/YMCA

Hip Hop/African Dance with Edna Stevens

Edna Stevens been dancing for most of her life and has worked professionally in New York, the Twin Cities, and internationally. Edna teaches hip hop through a lens that explores its deep roots in traditional African dance.

Visual Arts with Jennifer Chilstrom

Jennifer Chilstrom is a highly accomplished visual artist, specializing in fibre and mixed media art. Jennifer will work with students to cover a variety of visual arts projects.