ABOUT THE ASASE YAA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS
The School of the Arts was founded in 2010 with the mission to provide quality dance and drum instruction to boys and girls students ages 3 to 18. Through intensive study and technical training in various dance forms that include tap, jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, and African, students become well versed in their genre over the course of the 37 week program (which typically runs from October to June).
The first three months of the program is focused on technique and the remaining months are focused around creating routines and choreography designed for a culminating recital annually held in June at a distinguished local venue.
Based on the belief that art is a powerful tool in helping youth learn about their historical connection to Africa, our approach to instruction is intentionally holistic. So beyond teaching dance and drum, we seek to develop students’ self-esteem. In a safe and nurturing environment that honors one’s unique contributions while also respecting the collective body, students gain confidence, learn important interactive social skills, and develop a sense of cultural pride that enables them to become productive citizens of the world.
The School also serves as a cultural and performing arts space which is committed to the growth, preservation and presentation of the arts in the Brooklyn community. It is located in the heart of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn at 1803 Fulton Street. It also serves as an affordable event space for the community-at-large. It hosts lectures, panel discussions, film screenings, book-signings, parties, and other events.
The School offers two major youth programs annually in addition to the classes and regular curriculum they offer in public, charter, and public schools.
CHILDREN’S SUMMER ART CAMP
ARTS OUTREACH PROGRAM
CHILDREN’S SUMMER ART CAMP
July 5, 2022- August 12, 2022
Six Weeks, Mon-Fri, 8 AM – 5 PM • For Youth 4 – 13 years old • Brooklyn, NY
Camp Theme: Health and Wellness
2022 Summer Camp Registration fee: $75
Camp Tuition: $1100
We’re very excited to be celebrating the 16th season of our Children’s Summer Arts Camp. The theme for this year’s camp is “Heath and Wellness,” which is designed to educate our campers about the importance of eating healthy and staying physically fit.
This will be our first fully immersive camp since the pandemic emerged, so we’re returning to many of our traditional camp activities; the celebration of African Flag Day, dance and drum classes, board games, field trips, and our Finale Camp performance. This season the campers will present an original Asase Yaa play, “Wale and the Cocoa Village.” It’s an action/comedy that deals with the devastating impact unhealthy eating habits are having in our communities. All of our campers produce and star in the play.
We will continue our longtime commitment to follow all state and city COVID-19 safety protocols to assure our campers are protected. We take every precaution to assure they have fun in a safe environment thoughout their stay with us.
Our Children’s Summer Arts Camp is a 6-week multidisciplinary performing arts program and day camp which is the only summer program that offers youth (ages 4-13) a chance to contribute, create, and produce an original live production. We teach writing, dancing, music, singing, drama, set building, costumes, choreography, staging, lighting, and sound.
At the end of camp, we present the original theatre piece they created to a captive audience of family and friends. In addition to our camp staff, we attract top artists who have mastered their artistic discipline and come and work with our students. Many whom volunteer their time throughout the camp experience.
During the six weeks, youth engage and interact daily starting with a morning circle, which is followed with various games, activities, and development of the musical presentation. We also include several field trips and celebrate African Flag Day.
We’re dedicated to creating a family atmosphere and environment for our campers that encourages fun, creativity, encouragement, and education. We strive to create memorable experiences to help youth develop self-confidence, stronger mental and physical health, and meaningful friendships.