Community Celebration | Unveiling of John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club: The Innovation & Expression Studio (T.I.E.S.)
March 28, 2019
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club: The Innovation & Expression Studio | 434 Peeples Street SW, Atlanta, GA 30310
We opened the first-ever arts & innovation Boys & Girls Club in the nation on earlier this month and we want to celebrate this history-making moment with you! Bring the whole family and a group of friends to enjoy a night of artistic exploration and fun. We’ll be hosting a number of interactive workshops and activities including the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Instrument Petting Zoo, a book reading with world-renowned author Pearl Cleage, project exploration in the Makerspace, and so much more!
We’re so grateful for our friends at Radio One’s HOT 107.9 for joining us at the community celebration! Thank you for sharing your platform to raise awareness about our mission!
About John H. Harland Boys & Girls Club: The Innovation & Expression Studio (T.I.E.S.)
So many of the kids we serve at Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta face big challenges. They often can’t see all of the possibilities out there for them. The arts is a door to a new world. It fills their heart with hope and their mind with confidence. It shows them what they can truly be.
Not only is this a major investment for the youth of Atlanta’s Westside, but also the first-ever Club of its kind in the nation! As the arts & innovation hub for the entire Boys & Girls Club of Metro Atlanta organization, the new Club will serve even more kids and teens, reaching more than 200 youth each day, including our current members from the John H. Harland Club along with hundreds of kids from Boys & Girls Clubs across the area. The Harland Club has been serving kids and teens on Atlanta’s Westside for nearly 50 years and we’re so excited to continue honoring this rich history as we look toward the future!
The new Harland T.I.E.S Club is launching with the support of a larger national study supported by the Wallace Foundation. This Club, along with our Grant and Whitehead locations as well as Clubs across the country, will explore how high-quality arts programs can help attract and retain tweens and teens, catalyze exposure to and passion for the arts, and drive positive developmental outcomes. The first phase of this research conducted in 2014 proved promising with participants honing not just their artistic skills, but also critical social and emotional skills related to self-awareness, emotional management, and building healthy relationships.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta is one of five Boys & Girls Club organizations in the nation researching how high-quality arts programs can attract tweens and teens, keep them coming to the Club, and help them thrive in life. Supported by the Wallace Foundation, these research findings will shape how youth organizations develop arts programs for years to come.
Programs will focus on visuals arts such as painting, printmaking, photography, filmmaking, sculpture, and graphic design; performing arts such as theatre, puppetry, dance, and music; and culinary arts such as cooking and gardening. The Club will serve as a place where kids and teens can learn critical skills, find and nurture their passion, and showcase and perform their work.