Art 4 Social Change is one of the Lafayette Empowerment Center’s long-standing and popular programs. Operating out of several venues, we provide students with an opportunity to employ the arts as a viable tool for social change.
Our classes, camps and projects are
A4SC seeks to empower young people, particularly those who face economic and/or cultural barriers, to emerge as engaged citizens and leaders. We aim to contribute to a more inclusive and diverse Lafayette community.
Through artistic opportunities, our youth explore their passions, connect with the world around them and learn that their voice is valuable and heard, no matter their age or economic status.
What's Happening now?
To introduce Lafayette elementary school students to the arts and community-based learning as viable vehicles for social change, A4SC will be returning for the 2021-22 academic year to Alicia Sanchez International Elementary School and Escuela Bilingüe Pioneer. We are offering Expressive Yoga and Therapeutic Ceramics to these students.
.Students who attend these schools will be able to sign up through the schools to attend A4SC after school classes. If your child attends one of these schools, please keep an eye out for the opportunity to take part in these amazing classes!
We are also re-launching our Theater Tech program after it went dormant during COVID!
Theater Tech is a unique 6-12th Grade opportunity for learning how to build and paint sets, construct props, use hand tools, learn about stage lights and what is involved in stage sound.
Experience the fun of designing, drawing and building sets from our expert teacher Douglas Fry.
Theater Tech is held at The ArtsHub (420 Courtney Way, Lafayette) and runs every Tuesday from September 21-Dec 15, between 4-5:30pm.
We will be offering a VIRTUAL COOKING CLASS, introducing our youth to the meaning of food justice as well as baking techniques including: how to properly use a knife, how to measure, how to cut vegetables, how to bake quick breads and cakes, and how to create a recipe from seemingly random ingredients. Children will also learn about nutrition and food accessibility.
Students will be given ingredients and a recipe each week of the 12-week program which they will prepare during their virtual cooking class.
A4SC Summer Camps!
We are excited to be offering Summer programming for our artistic and community-minded incoming 1-5th graders!
The summer will bring the Expressive Yoga and Therapeutic Ceramics to ALL of Lafayette youth, as well as TONS of other fun and creative artistic projects. Our young community leaders will also get the chance to swim at the Great Outdoors Water Park during the summer as well!
As always, The Lafayette Empowerment Center programs are FREE, as we focus entirely on bringing inclusive opportunities to Lafayette youth.
We will be announcing our summer camps on March 1st, 2022.
Stay tuned to sign up!