NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Sixty city students will display their talents in singing, drama, music and dance Friday night , Aug. 10, 2018, in the in the summer youth performing arts finale at the Middle School, 1125 Livingston Ave.
Performances begin at 6 p.m. for what is the 22nd Anniversary of the program titled Artists Mentoring Against Racism, Drugs & Violence, Healing Through the Arts.
Using this year's theme of “We are a World of Possibilities,” the program will feature an outdoor carnival parade, theater skits, music and dance performances and an exhibition displaying the full range of artwork produced by the youths participating this summer.
Under the direction of local artist and playwright Claudio Mir, this year’s camp included daily workshops in digital photography, visual arts, theater, vocals and Afro-Puerto Rican Cultural Dance.
Professional artists taught the workshops, with assistance from New Brunswick High School students, and 15 Rutgers University students who served as youth counselors.
The program also included an overnight stay at the Rutgers Nicholas Residence Hall on the Douglass Campus, as well as workshops on health and well being, life-skills training, gang resistance, and career development.
Students were also taken on trips to the Grounds for Sculpture in Hamilton, and the Penn Museum and the Taller Puertorriqueño, both in Philadelphia.
Started in 1996, the summer program is funded by Puerto Rican Action Board, the New Brunswick Board of Education, the Rutgers University Community Health Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital’s Community Health Promotions Program, the Rutgers Center for Latino Arts and Culture, the university's Office of Student Affairs, and the university's Office of Diversity and Inclusion.