What kinds of games and activities does the CHQ leader facilitate?
Our curriculum changes for every meeting but always includes a fun mix of creative-based games and activities. We’ll giggle through a drawing, an improv, words, or charades-type game, play a version of bingo using famous composers, act out a scene (either one we create or age-appropriate selections shared as handouts), engage in a drawing or art-making activity (materials needed for an upcoming week will be sent via email at least 72-hours before your scheduled club meeting), or read a poem and come up with ways to add movement or rhythm that might enhance the story. Some activities include full-group participation while others are done in teams.
What if my child doesn’t like or want to perform in front of people?
The world of art and art-makers needs patrons! Learning about and appreciating the arts ensures grateful audiences for future and budding musicians, visual artists, dancers, and other creators. CHQ isn’t focused on performance, just as creativity isn’t limited to art. Every child needs to be aware of various forms of expression and creativity in order to build upon and expand their ability to create. Additionally becoming comfortable speaking to and in front of others is a beneficial life skill. CHQ members support and encourage one another. Clubs provide an opportunity for kids to gain experience and challenge their own limitations.
Will you be offering long-term recurring sessions?
Clubs will be meeting virtually once per week. Summer 2020 schedule offers individual classes so kids and parents can become familiar with our unique approach to enrichment. Our Fall after-school program schedule is in development and will be finalized once we know more about school plans. Those who have taken classes during the summer will be given priority enrollment.
Do parents have to be present?
Cameras are required to be on so we can see each member and encourage active engagement and participation. Parents do not need to participate (though they are welcome to!), but a parent or guardian must be in the home at all times to be sure their child is not browsing the internet or doing anything we are unable to monitor remotely. We also require an emergency cell phone contact that can be reached during our meetings should an urgent need arise.
Do you accept requests for new club days/times?
Absolutely! Please send us an email and we’ll make note of your request. New clubs can be formed with a 5-student minimum.
What if my child hasn’t been exposed to arts — will they feel out of place? What if my child already loves all things related to the arts, will they be bored?
CHQ is designed to be a place where all kids feel a sense of belonging. Curious children between the ages of 8 and 12 who like meeting people, enjoy playing games and participating in fun, creative activities will find CHQ a welcoming, accepting, supportive community. Kids who have had little exposure to artistic expression along with those who already know and love the arts will encourage and inspire each other. Creativity is a skill we can develop, and it isn’t limited to artists. All young people benefit from understanding more about how art is expressed in our world and its many forms. Some will discover an interest in one particular area, others will enjoy the freedom to explore a variety of mediums. Everyone will learn just how often we see examples of creativity, from technological innovation to beautiful music to day-to-day solutions that simply required a new way of looking at a problem.
My child would love to participate but I can’t afford the cost right now. Are there any scholarships available?
We do not want cost to be a barrier and will make a limited number of full and partial scholarships available. Please fill out this short application as soon as possible to be considered.