CALENDAR
January
18  

Hispanic Flamenco Ballet

28   Defining Rhythm
   

 

February
16  

Wizard of Oz

18   Showtime 2012
23   Chamber Theatre - Eureka
     
March
1   Live at the Park
     

Park Arts School

The More Art Kids Get, the More it Shows

At Park we believe that access to the arts is an essential component to every child’s well-being.  Consuming and practicing forms creative expression is a means to understanding identity, culture and humanism in a global society.  Through arts education, students acquire the skills and awareness that are necessary for personal success and making contributions to their communities and others.   

Our philosophy is informed by research insights on involvement with the arts.  For example, young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days each week for at least one full year are:

  • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • 3 times more likely to be elected to class office within their schools
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
  • 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
  • 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

And, young artists, compared to their non-artist peers, are likely to:

  • Attend music, art, and dance classes nearly three times as frequently
  • Participate in youth groups nearly four times as frequently
  • Read for pleasure nearly twice as often
  • Perform community service more than four times as often

We offer a wide range of children and youth programming.  Our community based Folk Arts initiative brings guest artists to our in-school and after-school programs.  And our highly-regarded arts faculty offer a variety of classes at all skill levels for children and adults. Recent offerings include: 

  • Children's Visual Art
  • Ballet
  • Hip Hop Jazz
  • Theater for Children
  • Broadway Voices
  • Latin Dance for Children and Adults
  • Salsa
  • AfroCuban Dance
  • Latin Percussion for Children and Adults
  • Tango
  • Music Theory
  • Jazz Jam
  • Capoeira - Brazilian Martial Art
  • Merengue, Bachata & Palo Dance
  • Beginner Music/Learn to play a recorder
  • Break Dancing

To enroll please call 201-865-6980.

— Living the Arts through Language + Learning: A Report on Community-based Youth Organizations, Shirley Brice Heath, Stanford University and Carnegie Foundation For the Advancement of Teaching, Americans for the Arts Monograph, November 1998)

Folk Arts Program

The Northeastern New Jersey Folk Arts Program, one of seven such programs throughout the state, pursues activities that preserve and present the cultural heritage of northeastern New Jersey. It was established in January 1999 through an infrastructure grant by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts which was funded by the National Endowment for the Arts. It is by design a folk arts resource center for the northeastern part of New Jersey, directly responsible to the five urban counties of Hudson, Bergen, Essex, Union and Passaic.