DAA class takes to the sky
by Courtney Warren
Jun 04, 2014 | 2343 views | 0 0 comments | 25 25 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Delta Arts Alliance is kicking off summer with kite making classes this weekend.

Amber Nicole Wolfe, a new artist in residence, will be leading the kite flying class as well as her summer series Art with Amber.

The class for ages 5-8 is $20 from 10-11 a.m. and for ages 9-12 for $25 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Both classes will be at the Delta Arts Alliance on Saturday and are limited to 15 children each.

"We wanted to debut our summer programming with something fun; something iconically summer. We kept coming back to kites, because kites are emblematically fun. They are symbols of summer and childhood and we are hopeful the weather will cooperate and we'll be able to fly our creations behind the backdrop of downtown Cleveland and the Ellis Theater," said Rori Herbison, DAA director.

"We recognize that our Cleveland children have been working hard all year long at school, and while we know that there are hands-on, educational benefits to measuring, crafting, cutting and designing a kite, Saturday is more about having fun and celebrating the start of an exciting summer."

On Monday, the Delta Arts Alliance's continued partnership with Simplicity of Music continues in the form of a one-week, morning, age camps.

"Crystal Howard, lead instructor and CEO of Simplicity of Music, will once again be lending her talents to our musical programmatic efforts with a five-day camp that will introduce campers to different genres of music, as well as different types of instrument—including, arguably, the most powerful we, as artists, have—our voice. Crystal and her staff will create a choir and work through different musical selections, while also forming a percussion band and creating an African Dance team. This year's theme for the camp is The Love of Music," said Herbison.

Campers will be provided a snack and drink each day and will also receive a folder and informational packets.

The cost for the camp is $100 for the week.

Camp dates are June 9 through June 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for ages 5-8 and June 16 through June 20, 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. for ages 9-15.

"Crystal transforms when she is at the helm of a classroom. This is absolutely what she is meant to do. Her passion is overflowing and it's contagious. The kids in her class become consumed with the energy and the love she has for music and its value in our lives. If your child is mildly interested in music, I highly recommend they enroll in this summer series. It could be the start of a magical relationship with music for that one child," said Herbison.

When asked why it is important for the DAA to continuously add programs that explore different mediums Herbison said, "You bring up three very good points in your question: 1. important; 2. continuously; and 3. explore. Why is it important for the Delta Arts Alliance to continuously add programs that explore different mediums? We are driven by a mission to offer access to arts education, so it's important because it's the work we are committed to, devoted to doing each day of our lives and dedicated to doing better with each iteration of programming; and by iteration, we mean continuously.

"Since I've been aboard, just over a year now, we've grown from one program, with one instructor and three to four classes, to five programs, with 11 class offerings and eight instructors, not including the on-going Art & A Movie partnership with the Bologna Performing Arts Center and our own First Saturday Art Programming, featuring our Artist-in-Residence. Admittedly, some of those offerings were far more popular and some were not as well attended, but that doesn't sway us or discourage us from finding new, interesting and innovative programs," said Herbison.

"We know our programs and our workshops are just as subjective as art, itself. LegoArt may seem like the coolest idea to one aspiring artist, while to another not so much. But he or she may be very, very interested in a Drawing 101 workshop that is steeped more in technique and tradition. As I've said before, it's not my job or our job as a community organization to make those decisions for that artist. We are in the business of providing that artist the opportunities, the access and the ability to explore. Artists, of any age, of any medium, of any skill need that time to explore. The variety in our program is strategic and geared at allowing the aspiring minds of this area to find what they are good at, what excites them and where they make a difference," she said.

For more information about these classes and to get involved in the arts call 662-843-3344.