Sprouts – Cancelled


We are sad to say that we will be discontinuing this program.

Questions? Email info@createcouncil.org – Thank you!


CREATE Sprouts Summer Art Program, FUN! FUN! FUN!

For Kids Ages 3-7 who live in Greene County

CREATE thanks the program Co-Directors for this popular program! Ruth Leonard and Tara Van Roy-both have years of experience as teachers, artists and working professionals.

Please consider a donation, it will go directly towards the Sprouts Program! Thank you.

This summer Greene County children, ages 3-7, explored the arts through creative play at the CREATE 2019 Sprouts Summer Arts Program.  The Sprouts Program is considered one of the best summer experiences, free of charge to families, where children enjoy unique and fun-filled workshops in Art & Music or Theater & Dance, Monday thru Friday from 10:00 to 11:45 am.

The Sprouts Summer Arts Program took place in weekly sessions at six various locations in Greene County.  Family and friends were invited to exciting end-of-week sessions highlighting the work created throughout the week.

Thank you to the 2019 summer line-up for Sprouts and  teachers and locations is a follows:

  • July 8-12 – Windham-Ashland-Jewett Elementary School

Teaching Artists:   Carli Garzoorian, Visual Art; Donna Trunzo, Music;  Margo Nelson, Theater; and Caitlin Lane, Dance

  • July 15-19 – Coxsackie Middle School (in conjunction with YMCA Summer Camp)

Teaching Artists: Christine Hughes, Visual Art;  George Doody, Music; LoraLee Ecobelli, Theater; and Tara VanRoy, Dance

  • July 22 – 26 – Cairo-Durham Elementary School

Teaching Artists: Sarah Barker, Visual Art; Kate Boyer, Music; Margo Nelson, Theater; and Tara Van Roy, Dance

  • July 29-August 2 – Scott M. Ellis Elementary School, Greenville

Teaching Artists: Ruth Leonard, Visual Art; Kate Boyer, Music; Alice Caulfield, Theater; and Marcus McGregor, Dance

  • August 5-9 – Hunter Elementary School

Teaching Artists: Carli Garzoorian, Visual Art; Jonathan Byron Woodin, Music; Loralee Ecobelli, Theater; and Marcus McGregor, Dance

  • August 12-16 – Catskill Middle School

Teaching Artists: Danielle Payette, Visual Art; Erin Lee Kelly, Music; Lex Grey, Theater; and Dale Loughra, Dance

Sprouts provides creative opportunities for young children at a pivotal time in their development to work with professional artists and teachers in a fun, noncompetitive environment that allows them to discover themselves through the arts.  While families make and keep connections, children paint and sculpt, sing, dance and improvise movements, discover rhythms, lyrics and songs, and assume imaginative roles. These activities develop self-confidence, cooperation and creativity.  Whether a child continues to develop in a particular art form or become creative learners in what ever they pursue, Sprouts plants that seed.

The GCCA Sprouts program has been enriching the lives of children for over 30 years in Greene County. As many Sprouts participants graduate from the program they decide to continue as volunteer assistants.  If you are a teen or pre-teen interested in working with professional artists to teach young children dance, theater, music or art, then GCCA invites you to volunteer for the 2020 Sprouts program. You can earn your community serve hours too! Call Sprouts Co-Directors Ruth Leonard at 518-634-2289 or Tara Van Roy at 518-821- 8091.

Programs made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, and the Greene County Legislature.  Support for the Sprouts Program is provided by Anonymous, B&B Forest Products, Inc., Janice Cammarato-Disability Advocate, Catskill Elks Lodge, Catskill Rotary Club, Coxsackie Athens Rotary Club, Fortnightly Club, Greene County Children, Youth & Community Advisory Board, Helmedach & Young, Inc., Hudson River Bank & Trust Foundation, Kaaterskill Associates, Kiwanis Club of Catskill, Living Structures, Lee & Doria McGunnigle, Mid-Hudson Cablevision Inc.,  Millspaugh Camerato Funeral Home,  New York State Office of Children & Family Services (OCFS), Onteora Club, Stephen Petronio Dance Company Inc., Phoenicia Flea, Rotary Club of Cairo, Rotary Club of Greenville, Sawyer Chevrolet, P. Schneider & Associates, Shook Telephone, State Telephone, Stewart’s Shops Foundation, Tip Top Furniture, Town of Athens, Town of Coxsackie, Town of Durham, Town of Greenville, Town of Jewett, Troy Savings Bank Foundation, Trustco Bank, Wayne C. Speenburgh Greene County Legislature Grant Program, Windham Foundation of NY Inc., Windham Rotary Foundation, WYBTTV14, and individuals such as you. Thank you!

Visit www.greenearts.org for updates on the 2019 SPROUTS Program confirmed dates and locations. Follow SPROUTS on Facebook, too.


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