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.
The Clay Project 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 for 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. Sankofa is a non profit organization founded in 2011. Founder Shabaka Perkins and artistic director Toddja Thornhill teach youth West African drumming and dancing for exposure to Africa. Sankofa is located at 201 North Braddock Avenue and always has open doors!
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.