College Park Scholars Arts Program

Julia Buck, Joe's Movement Emporium. Photo by Harold F. Burgess II

Julia Buck, Joe’s Movement Emporium. Photo by Harold F. Burgess II

Service Learning session at Joe's. Photo by Harold F. Burgess II

Service Learning session at Joe’s. Photo by Harold F. Burgess II

Joe’s Movement Emporium‘s After School Program, Club Joe’s, is proud to host University of Maryland College Park Arts Scholars throughout the year. These talented individuals develop an an arts education curriculum either in the performing or visual arts fields then bring them to Joe’s to be put into action.

Harold F. Burgess II, the Director of the College Park Scholars Arts Program, shared with us some quotes from his students about their experiences at Joe’s:

“Using the world drumming inspired by the Arts Scholars colloquium from the previous semester, I got to teach the children (at Joe’s) about tempo and dynamics in music.”  -Caleb Lee, Music Education major

“After visiting Joe’s for [the annual College Park Scholars] Service Day, I thought about how much of a difference a group of college students could make in one day at these places. This led me to volunteer at Joe’s [for my service learning capstone project] because I thought it would be a great way to not only give back to the area I live in, but to also continue dancing.” -Julia Buck, Education major

“I now truly know the importance of art both in our schools and community. It can drive kids to be more creative and even think in unique ways that they have not before. I have tried to contribute to this by holding dance lessons at Joe’s and making sure that kids in the community are aware of different styles of dance.”

“I have learned that I want to incorporate art as much as possible in my future classroom as an educator and forever advocate for it in the school system. It plays such an important role in children’s lives and that should never be disregarded.”

Service Learning session at Joe's. Photo by Harold F. Burgess II

Service Learning session at Joe’s. Photo by Harold F. Burgess II

“The Arts program fosters relationships with faculty and staff from across the arts and humanities spectrum. … The program colloquia provide opportunities for students to explore how art is defined, assessed and interpreted and how we personally draw value from the art we consume and/or practice as individuals and as a community. … Beyond the classroom, students have the opportunity to lead and develop arts education initiatives through service-learning engagements with local schools and non-profit organizations, develop and share independent creative work, propose and lead arts-related workshops and much more.”

Learn more: http://www.scholars.umd.edu/programs/arts

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