WonderArts Receives In-School and After-School Grant

GREENSBORO – WonderArts was recently selected to receive $5,000 in funding from the Vermont Children’s Trust Foundation to expand its in-school and after-school programs.

Programs from WonderArts engage children across the region in dancing, writing songs, cooking, exploring the outdoors, designing marble runs, doing yoga, felting, making pottery, or working on any number of projects.

“In the past few years, our school programming has grown exponentially because of our community’s need for high-quality expanded learning opportunities and our organization’s dedication to providing developmentally appropriate, engaging activities,” says Kathryn Lovinsky, WonderArts executive director.

WonderArts provides enrichment programs in four distinct formats: in-school preschool classes, elementary-midlevel after-school classes, middle-high in-school programming, and in-school artist residencies at all levels. Preschool programs provide children with a variety of classes to meet the developmental needs in early childhood, including open ended music, dance, yoga, and art.

WonderArts in-school residencies reach all ages and vary from theater arts and puppetry to lantern-making and creative writing. Each area of this program benefits students by providing them with tools and activities that nurture self-expression, curiosity, positive communication, self-worth, empathy, and problem-solving.

WonderArts is also developing plans to offer professional development opportunities during SY20-21 to school staff, community members and instructors, with the intention of advancing protective-promotive factors within and beyond WonderArts classes.

WonderArts afterschool classes serve six schools with over 200 classes per year, with content varying with the needs of the schools; from bookmaking and cooking to taekwondo and yoga. In-school activities will run weekly and provide middle-high school students with hands-on experiences in entrepreneurship, environmental education, literacy, and the arts.Families may learn more about in-school and after-school programs by emailing info@wonderartsvt.org or calling (802) 533-9370.