CADRE // After-School PROGRAM
Creative Arts Designed to Reinforce Education
CADRE– brings arts and humanities-based activities to out-of-school programs in low-income communities at the time of day when youth need structured, yet fun and engaging, activities. These programs move beyond traditional arts-and-crafts, instead using arts-based programming to help youth improve their self-awareness and discover skills and talents that might otherwise not be developed during the traditional school day.
Unlike programs which present transportation and material fees as obstacles, CADRE programming is offered at community centers, Boys and Girls Clubs, YMCAs, Palm Beach County Elementary and Middle Schools as well as faith-based after school programs. Schools may purchase CCE’s CADRE programs, or they may be subsidized in low-income areas by the Children’s Services Council through their “Prime Time” program.
CADRE’s most compelling quality is its focus on complete accessibility of area young people to the true artistic process and expression as a way to build inner strength, discipline, and personal vision, while reinforcing classroom curricula. It also builds a caring relationship between a professional Teaching Artist and a small group of students who are in critical need of mentoring and support.
The artists in the CADRE program are active professionals in their own disciplines. Youth are provided high-quality experiences in music, theatre, visual arts, dance and/or literary arts. CADRE provides them a previously untapped connection with their own community and peers, a “reality check” about jobs in the arts and other fields, and - most importantly - a means of creative, personal expression.