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Brashear wrapping up a summer of arts and entertainment


August 12, 2008

The Brashear Association kicked summer into full gear with its Allentown Arts Camp at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

The camp started on June 23 and went through July 18 and offered arts and history activities that engaged and educated the area youth, every day after summer school.

Allentown met its maximum capacity for enrollment and, with the hard work of the staff, provided a lot of fun for the kids. Doing everything from Southeast Asian wax art to old fashioned finger painting, the kids were exposed to a wide variety of fun, games, and art forms. Brashear staff hope to continue the program into the school year with a few additions to provide homework help, study time, and a physical education component.

The program benefited from an exciting partnership with the MGR Foundation. The foundation met with program participants two days a week as part of its Murals program.

Murals uses visual arts, drama, music, dance, and spoken word to engage youth, their families, and communities and help them make positive choices in order to prevent violence. Children going into fourth and fifth grade were invited to create art projects based positive decision-making. They also participated in plays and even some singing, making this an exciting summer for them in Allentown.

Brashear also offered its Arts Alive Camp in St. Clair Village with a younger audience. Children had lots of fun four days a week July 7-17. The children made masks and self portraits. They also created their own animals and even their own countries.

The summer came to a close with Discover South Side. Discover South Side is designed for South Pittsburgh kids who want to explore the exciting and vital South Side neighborhood. From the educational to the entertaining, students traveled to area businesses and landmarks to experience the diverse culture of the South Side.

For five days a week from July 21 to August 1, students began the day at the Brashear Center with a discussion of the tour of the day. The campers went everywhere, from the delicious Cheesecake Factory where kids got a tour of a real working restaurant kitchen, to 91.3 WYEP-FM for a behind-the-scenes look at the daily operations of a radio station, to UPMC South Side where they learned about radiology and how to take pictures inside the body.

Participants even got to tour the Morning Glory Inn, which had been a stop on the Underground Railroad, and still had the secret tunnels intact beneath the floors. The camp concluded daily at Ormsby Recreation Center with lunches from the Citiparks Summer Food Service Program.

For more information about the education programs of The Brashear Association, contact the Education Coordinator at 412-431-2236.

The Brashear Association is a United Way agency. Summer programs receive additional support from the Grable Foundation.


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