In addition to the core set of daily activities, we have community partner organizations who visit Art in the Garden to provide a unique experience for youth.
TOPittsburgh provides interactive theatre and drama workshops each week, using exercises and games from Theatre of the Oppressed. In Theatre of the Oppressed, developed in the 1970’s by Brazilian theatre director Augusto Boal, participants analyze systems of oppression, share stories of oppression from their own lives, and rehearse strategies to overcome these systems and make positive change in the world. Boal’s approach is across the globe in a variety of fields and contexts, including: politics, therapy, conflict resolution, and education.
The Clay Workshop provides the tools and materials for youth to make a series of clay artifacts. Youth learn about a variety of surface treatments such as burnishing, stamps, texture and glaze and the low fire technique, Horsehair Raku. As youth discuss what their clay piece needs to survive the firing, which they do in a kiln built on site, they also have the opportunity to discuss resilience and what they each need in order to thrive in the face of challenges. Building on sequential firings, youth learn to create more durable and better-constructed pieces.
Sankofa Village of the Arts teaches youth West African drumming and dance using sound and movement as tools for building self-esteem, self-discipline, self-determination, and self-sufficiency.
SOAR Coaching Academy gives youth opportunities to explore their true strength and to dream big.
The Storymobile from Reading is FUNdamental Pittsburgh brings stories, activities, books, and literary resources to Art in the Garden. Each time The Storymobile visits, youth are given a book to expand their home libraries.
Earthen Vessels provides free breakfast and lunch for all of the youth.