BELLE GLADE — About 100 members of the seven Boys & Girls Clubs of the Glades Area took part in the organization’s Summer Arts Showcase on Friday, July 27, in the Belle Glade Teen Center gymnasium. Parents, staff and friends filled the seats to watch in delight as the children performed the songs and dances they have been practicing for weeks as part of the Boys & Girls Clubs arts program.
Children who attend Canal Point, Gove and Rosenwald elementary schools performed selections from “Summer Camp! A Musical” alongside members of the Delray Beach Chorale.
Over the course of a seven-week program, the Delray Beach Chorale has been leading students in music making, learning songs for the performance and exploring percussion instruments. Members of the chorale visit the clubs twice weekly to work with the children.
“It is a special day when a child with limited resources discovers the beauty of an art form they have never engaged in before,” said Casandra Tanenbaum, Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County’s cultural arts coordinator. “They really immerse themselves into it and enjoy learning new skills.”
Members from the Teen Center also released “BGC Vol. 1: The Muck Edition,” an album they created as part of their Lyricism 101 class. The album is entirely written and performed by students of the Teen Center, with production support from Alistaire Leahy, music instructor at the Teen Center and a local music producer.
“All the kids did a fantastic job at this year’s Arts Showcase,” said Victor Rivera, chief operating officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County. “I’m so proud of their hard work and of the staff members who work tirelessly to make it happen for them.”
The organization’s arts program exposes hundreds of disadvantaged youth to music instruments, dance, art, pottery, photography and crafts, as well as field trips to ballets, plays, concerts and art exhibits. It is designed to broaden their horizons and provide opportunities for positive self-expression.
In addition to art, members of Boys & Girls Clubs enjoy an array of programs, such as academic support, sports, living healthy lifestyles, computer skills and literacy, and S.T.E.M. (science, technology, engineering and math) curriculum.