CITY OF SALT
LAKE CITY, UT
1. Briefly describe the structure of your program.
Global Artways is an arts education after school program sponsored by Salt Lake City Corporation in partnership with educational, corporate, public and private entities. Global Artways provides a safe haven for latch key kids. A van picks children up at their schools and delivers them to a center where they have an art experience.
Classes are taught by experienced and well qualified instructors, many of whom have masters degrees in their field of instruction. Students can learn dance, music, film visual art, literature and theater.
Classes are offered in the public schools, but also in community centers located throughout the city. The flagship location is the Sorenson Multi-Cultural Center in the City’s southwest quadrant.
Classes are offered to all ages, with a special emphasis on our latch key, at-risk youth population. The program is scheduled at 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 12:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. Presently, the kindergarten through 3rd graders are taking violin lessons. The 4th and 5th graders are being taught music and the 6th through 8th graders will have visual art classes. There is also a theatre class offered Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. A teen program for youth 13 and up is being offered four days a week from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in which they will participate in a film class. The program has access to state of the art film editing equipment which leaves the youth with a skill that will stay with them for life.
2. When was the program created and why?
Global Artways had its beginning in a local elementary school in 1992. The success of the programming led to its expansion as a city wide opportunity in 1997. Experience in our community has shown that children who have a creative outlet are less likely to seek a destructive outlet for their energies and are more likely to stay in school and seek success. Creative Artistic opportunities open a young persons mind to their possibilities and help them focus on the future. Also, the arts can help bring down barriers among cultural and racial groups, while, at the same time, offering a resource to express a child’s culture.
3. How do you measure the program’s effectiveness?
From 1992-1996 the pilot elementary school’s SAT scores went from 27th to 11th in the District. In addition, there were fewer court referrals, fewer incidents of violence and higher attendance. Outside the school setting, measurements are more difficult, but participants will be tracked to determine that they stay in school and out of trouble.
Salt Lake City’s Global Artways was one of 50 semi-finalists from over 600 nominations for the "Coming Up Taller Award" presented by the Presidents Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
4. How is the program financed?
The Global Artways program is funded through a combination of City general fund monies, as well as private funding and federal grants, including Weed and Seed. Last year’s budget was $100,000.
5. How is the community involved in the program, if at allHow has the community responded to the program?
Various arts organizations in the community are participants in Global Artways. For example, the Children’s Dance Theater at the University of Utah provides two classes in dance, the University of Utah Department of Art and Art History students teach art history classes, the Utah museum of Fine Arts presents art shows and the Utah Opera Company provides mentoring, field trips, and assists in scenery production, and next year will assist students in writing and performing an original opera.
The Jewish Community Center has provided a location and assistance for drawing classes and visual arts for teens.
6. Contact person:
The United States Conference of Mayors
J. Thomas Cochran, Executive Director
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