There’s always something happening at CATC, from the rich stories of individual urban teens finding new hope and opportunity, to our twice-annual themed student art shows, or the excitement of seniors creating their futures through Bridging the Gap. Here are some ideas for stories. For appointments or interviews: Gail Silver at firstname.lastname@example.org or 513.475.0002
Learn about art, learn about life
The new semester is well under way and this semester’s study theme, “The Top 10,” is guiding CATC students to explore how the principles of art can be applied to academic subjects, to work and to one’s life in general. Whether they’re learning how to operate the potter’s wheel or creating art in glass or any other CATC studio, there are ten basic principles of art that the students are studying and applying to their work and lives.
For example, one of the principles is “Technique,” and the students are considering the importance of technique in their art projects, school work, and professions they might be considering. Regarding ”Proportion,” the students are asking “in what aspects of work and life does one need to consider the relationship of the parts to the whole?” Overall, they’re considering the vocabulary of art and asking why it’s important for experts in any field to use a common vocabulary. This spring, the students will showcase the artwork they create, with the 10 principles in mind, in the annual Spring Fever student art show.
The 10 principles are technique, craftsmanship, context, elements and principles, subject matter and composition, art styles, color theory, proportion, perspective.
CATC begins 10th year of service
The 2013-14 school year marks 10 years of changing lives, bringing hope and opportunity to more than 3,000 urban teens. We began as an arts-based credit-recovery program that now graduates 93% of our mostly at-risk students. Then we added Bridging the Gap, a workforce program to help kids succeed after graduation, staying with them for the first year in college or matching them to careers, with an 89% job retention rate. We’re celebrating 10 years of helping urban teens become self-sufficient adults, equipped to raise self-sufficient current and future families. We’re honored to make a difference–for our kids, our neighborhoods, our entire community. Thanks for your support, and for celebrating 10 years with us.
CATC students return from Yellowstone, taking the experience into their senior year
Ten CATC students returned from a week-long summer adventure at Yellowstone National Park with a new perspective on life’s possibilities and their own potential. The students committed to return to CATC for their senior year, and will be mentoring other CATC students, sharing their learning from the trip, and expressing their transformative Yellowstone experiences through art, as part of “The Hero’s Journey,” the academic theme for the first semester of study as the school year opens.
CATC will be tracking the students’ academic and personal successes in the coming year, and evaluating the impact of such a trip on student performance. To arrange a time to talk with any of the 10 students whose lives have been forever changed by the experience, contact Gail at email@example.com or 513.475.0002
Ongoing story opportunities:
CATC results, how and why the arts can level the playing field for urban teens
Stories about aspiring Bridging the Gap students and successful graduates.