Club members use the arts to express themselves, tap into their creativity, develop multicultural appreciation, and build skills in a variety of media. Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver and Boys & Girls Clubs of America also provide opportunities for kids to show their art in local, regional, and national contests and exhibitions.
NATIONAL FINE ARTS EXHIBIT PROGRAM
Club members of all ages display drawing, painting, pastels, printmaking, collage, mixed media, and sculpture at local and regional exhibits. A panel of distinguished judges selects works for inclusion in the National Fine Arts Exhibit, which debuts at Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s annual National Conference and is displayed throughout the year at other national events.
DIGITAL ARTS FESTIVAL
The National Club Tech Digital Arts Festival celebrates the technology skills and creativity of Club members. In preparation for local, regional and national festivals, members at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver develop their artistic and technological abilities in:
- Graphic Design: Through interactive digital courseware, group, and individual activities, members learn artistic concepts and technology skills to create professional-quality print materials and animation.
- Movie Making: Club staff work with members through the hands-on processes of screenplay writing, filming, and editing digital movies.
- Music Making: Members explore a variety of digital music software applications and basic music theory, learning to write sheet music, mix musical loops, and compose and record original songs.
- Photo Illustration: Members learn about light, distance, and photo composition, then learn to digitally manipulate the photos they take – from basic editing like cropping to advanced projects using filters and layers.
MAGEMAKERS NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST
This year-round program and annual contest encourages young artists to learn and practice black & white, color, and digital process photography. The ImageMakers National Photography Contest provides local, regional, and national recognition.
Members create storyboards with fun facts on various countries of the world. Participating members are eligible to attend the International Day celebration, where they enjoy a multi-ethnic meal, engage in topical workshops with professional artists and performers, and complete a world facts scavenger hunt based on their storyboards displayed at the event.
Arts staff and Keystone Club members create a maze through the art room, Club hallways, locker rooms, and the gym. Teen members act in the Haunted House and serve as tour guides to the younger members.
EASTER HAT PARADE
Members create extravagant hats and gather for a club-wide event featuring a parade and contest. Winners are selected based on creativity, use of materials, and festivity.
Club members plan and assemble pinewood cars that are then judged on design and speed.
Other art events include creative writing, multicultural crafts, coloring contests, music mixing, dance, acting and comedy improv, and much, much more.
Special thanks to Marilyn Brown & Doug Morton, our Arts Core Program Area sponsors.