At a time when many schools have cut arts classes and activities, a new program offered by the Dayton Metro Library makes teaching artists available to eager students. DML Arts Club is a free virtual arts experience targeted to middle and high school students. Professional teaching artists invite students to explore their creativity in Dance, Drawing, and The Creative Process with new videos posted each week, October 6 - 29. Students can choose any or all of the disciplines, and watch on DML’s Facebook page, YouTube channel, or at DaytonMetroLibrary.org/ArtsClub Past videos can be viewed anytime.
“DML Arts Club is modeled on the typical after-school library program that parents and kids look forward to and have come to rely upon,” said Megan Cooper, Development Manager. “Even though teens can't gather in the same way, the Library still serves as a resource to introduce them to new skills and encourage them to explore their creative side. For those who are already arts-proficient, they'll definitely learn some new skills and strengthen their techniques. For beginners who are interested in trying something new, Arts Club will be a nice introduction for them."
A limited number of optional supply kits for each discipline will be available. The kits contain items that enhance the at-home arts experience, but are not required for participation.
DeShona Pepper Robertson, Dance Director at Stivers School for the Arts, introduces viewers to creative movement, ballet, and modern dance techniques. Students will examine the overlapping movements, as well as what makes each style unique. DeShona was a member of Dayton Contemporary Dance Company where her performance career spanned 12 years. An optional Dance Supply Kit includes a dance terminology glossary, ribbon and journal.
Poet, activist and educator Sierra Leone introduces viewers to new skills and experiences designed to get creative juices flowing and help them find their own artistic voice. Sierra has her MA and MBA, and is a recipient of the Ohio Governor’s Award for her poetry. She has done commissioned work over the years for many local and national organizations. An optional Creative Process Kit includes a journal for writing and expression.
Dwayne Daniel, Professor in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Central State University, uses charcoal to guide viewers though an exploration of the drawing process, including perspective, ratio, shadow and light, and many more techniques to strengthen drawing prowess. Dwayne is both a painter and graphic designer, and for nine years served as coordinator of the fine arts component of the CSU Center of Excellence. An optional Drawing Supply Kit includes charcoal, paper, erasers, and printed guides.
“While these sessions are intended for a middle and high school audience, anyone is welcome to view them and tap into their own creativity,” said Cooper.
DML Arts Club is made possible with the support of Doug and Sharon Scholz and the Jack W. and Sally D. Eichelberger Foundation. The State Library of Ohio provided funding through their CARES Act grant for technology to deliver the program virtually.
“We appreciate the support of our sponsors, ” said Cooper. “When we can't gather in person, funding for engaging arts experiences like these is critical.”
There is a limited number of optional supply kits available. To reserve a kit for pickup at any Branch Library, call Programming Assistant Eric Wirick at 937.496.8856.