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Innovative summer program planned for Apalach teens
Its called Community Moving Education, and its about to
make a huge summertime splash in Apalachicola for middle and high
This five-week arts program, headquartered at the
Apalachicola Center for History, Culture and the Arts, is the brainchild of former
New York City dancer Frenchy Haynes, the founding director of the non-profit Moving
Education Institute Inc.
Funded through a grant from CareerSource Gulf Coast, the
program promises to be unlike anything Apalachicola has seen before, combining
everything from culinary arts to dance to athletics to gardening, in an action-packed
five weeks for young people ages 10 to 19.
The program is free, but parents must sign up their children
beforehand, so that all the proper permissions can be signed, sealed and
To register, email [email protected]
or come by the HCA at 86 Water Street or call 653-1458.
Do it soon, because there are limits on some of the classes.
The program opens Tuesday, June 1 with four days of
painting, and a full introduction to visual arts.
The following week is an introduction to something Haynes,
who grew up in New York City and New Orleans, knows well. A former dancer with Alvin
Ailey, the Dance Theatre of Harlem and the Nikolai Dance Theatre, Haynes has danced throughout the world
and will be leading the June 1 to July 8 intro to dance, which will incorporate
ballet, West African, modern, Hip-Hop and jazz dance techniques, choreography
West African drumming will be introduced as well, and from
June 7 to 11, a culinary class with a professional chef will be the bill of fare.
From June 15 to 18, learn the basic of photography with a
University of Florida photography professor, and then June 21 to 23, learn how
to create your own garden from a master gardener.
It wont be a competitive athletic grind, but a chance for
all skill levels to take part, as some of the program will be held at the
Matchbox, in conjunction with JT Escobars Equal Shot program.
its about bringing the community together with all these
different components of the community, like Holy Family, like the Matchbox,
like the HCA, everybody working together, trying to come together as whole in the
community to fill the void, to make sure we touch all the children, said
On June 24 will be the only mandatory part of the program,
with a Choices program, focusing on an Educated Mind Health Choice, the Best
Field trips and a culminating series of activities and
performances are slated for the final week, before it all wraps up the first
week of July.
Its all free, but Haynes is expecting that enrollment will
be competitive, with a limited number of spots.
Those interested can come by the HCA or visit Project
Impact. Or contact HCA Director Merrill Livingston at [email protected], or Haynes
at [email protected].