Our Art programs enable youth to develop and practice their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.
+ DramaMatters Afterschool
DramaMatters Afterschool is a drama education program for Clubs that encourages members ages 6 to 18 to engage in hands-on activities.
DramaMatters Afterschool capitalizes on young people’s love of drama by increasing their appreciation of this art form while building their self-confidence, sparking creativity and boosting academic achievement. The DramaMatters Afterschool Program Guide 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 in the Stagecraft Program Guide include many different ways for members to express themselves creatively, from costumes to set design to directing.
+ ImageMakers Photography Program
This year-round program encourages Club members ages 6 to 18 to learn and practice black-and-white, color, digital and alternative process photography.
The ImageMakers National Photography program encourages members to learn and practice various photography methods. The program includes a resource guide for local Clubs, a national photography contest and a website. The resource guide features eight sessions for three components: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. The goal of each component is to teach the use of photography as an art and vocation. Each component can stand on its own or members can graduate from one to the next.
+ MusicMakers National Music Education Program
MusicMakers is a positive creative outlet for self-expression. Musical study develops critical thinking, self-discipline, self-esteem, self-confidence and teamwork in Club members ages 6-18.
The MusicMakers National Music Education Program capitalizes on young people’s natural love of music by increasing their appreciation of this art form and building their skills so they can express themselves using guitars or drums. The comprehensive Resource Guide contains two components to help Clubs develop and implement their own unique music programs in accord with the interests of the youth they serve and their available resources, no matter how limited.
The Facilitator’s Guide contains step-by-step sessions at each of three skill levels- Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced. The guide contains eight guitar activities and seven to eight drum activities. Activities in the three levels were designed with the age groups of 6-9, 10-12 and 13-18 in mind. Facilitators choose which activities to use based on skill level and adjust for age appropriateness.
+ National Fine Arts Exhibit
This year-round program encourages artistic expression among Club members ages 6 to 18 through drawing, painting, printmaking, collage, mixed media and sculpture displayed at local and regional exhibits.
Club members can take part in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which is designed to enable them to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through visual arts. The exhibit has ten categories including monochromatic drawing, multicolored drawing, pastel, watercolor, oil/acrylic, print making, mixed media, collage, sculpture and group project. This program also gives Clubs the ability to showcase the artwork of their Club members in the community. Approximately 1,200 local Clubs participate annually.
Local Shows (January): Club members of all ages can participate in the National Fine Arts Exhibit. The first place winners in each category and four age groups are sent on to the regional competitions.
Regional Shows (March): Local Clubs submit artwork and shows and judging are conducted in six regional locations in May and June. First place artwork at the regional level proceeds to the national contest.
National Contest (June): The top artwork in each of the four age groups and ten categories are selected as national winners. Each national winner has his or her artwork showcased on the virtual gallery.