Gourds, Pizza, Terrariums – Oh My!

November 7 -  from 6:00 to 8:30pm
at the Northern Liberties Community Center
Simply email nlartsorg@gmail.com to register your kids…

A terrarium is like an aquarium, but for plants instead of fish. It is made in just about any glass container. It is planted to look like a miniature garden or forest enclosed in its own little world.
(Thank you City Planter!)

Gourds are WEIRD LOOKING! So let’s make monsters!
(Thank you Philly Foodworks CSA!)

It’s a fun night of botany and pizza for the kids and a free night for parents.

Participants should wear clothes that are appropriate for getting messy and having a good time.

The cost is $25/child (sibling discounts apply)
Ages 5 through 12

NLArts workshops take place at the
Northern Liberties Community Center, 700 N. 3rd Street
(Corner of 3rd Street and Fairmount Avenue).

Due to limited space, call now to register 267/476/2757
or email Katrina at NLArtsorg@gmail.com.

Happy Fall!
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New Director at NLArts

NLArts is happy to welcome Katrina Mansfield (Miss Kat) as our new Executive Director.

Katrina has been advocating for the neighborhood and volunteering at children’s events during her twenty-year residency in Northern Liberties. Her background is in fine arts and commercial graphics.

“My first priority is to keep NLArts running smoothly during this transition.” says Mansfield, “Monika has done a great job of establishing the organization, and has a wonderful rapport with our parents. I’m glad that she is staying on as Secretary.” Monika Kreidie along with a group of parents started NLArts back in 2006 as a means for kids to get a sense of connection to their neighborhood and the city through the arts.

NLArts will hold its First Friday Kids’ Workshop series through December. This two and a half our craft event is open to children 5 through 12.

NLArts popular Summer Camp is held during the last three weeks in August.

For more information, email nlartsorg@gmail.com

 

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First Friday is Back!

October 3rd from 6:00 to 8:30pm
at the Northern Liberties Community Center

Simply email nlartsorg@gmail.com to register your kids…

Science Friday!

Miss Claire will be leading the kids in a Polymer Science experiment!
The kids will make their own glow-in-the-dark bouncy balls
from household ingredients and learn about ratios!

Also, we will be introducing our new Director, Katrina Mansfield,
whom you may have met at this year’s Summer Camp.

It’s a fun night of science and pizza for the kids and a free night for parents.

Participants should wear clothes that are appropriate for getting messy and having a good time.

The cost is $25/child (sibling discounts apply)
Ages 5 through 12

NLArts workshops take place at the
Northern Liberties Community Center, 700 N. 3rd Street
(Corner of 3rd Street and Fairmount Avenue).

Due to limited space, call now to register 215/833-2884
or email Katrina at NLArtsorg@gmail.com.

Happy Fall!
Monika and Katrina
NLArts Community Arts Program
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2014 NLArts Summer Children’s Camp – Check it out…

This year’s Summer Camp started off with a week of field trips for our campers. We checked out:

  • Franklin Square
  • The U.S. Mint
  • Second Street Productions (download and listen to our radio spot!)
  • Scrapple TV Studio
  • Northern Liberties Exhibit at the Philadelphia History Museum
  • The Ben Franklin Museum
  • Grounds For Sculpture
  • The Fabric Workshop
  • Asian Arts Initiative
  • La Finquita
  • Audubon Gardens

Week Two was all about Carnival! Drumming! Dancing! Costumes!

Meanwhile from the MiddleSchoolers…

Week Three culminated with this year’s Campers Gallery Art Show and Raffle of Fabulous Art and Prizes!

Thank Yous go to…

  • City Planter
  • North Bowl
  • The Parlour

and artists…

  • Rae Burns
  • Katrina Mansfield
  • Natasha Mell
  • Julie Waring
  • Sue and Katsura White

Thank you to All Our Campers and their families for participating this year!

NLArts will be continuing First Fridays on October 10th – Let us know if you will be joining us. Contact nlartsorg@gmail.com to register.

Please remember to support these local businesses who’s contributions help keep us going…

  • 3rd Federal Bank
  • City Planter
  • Cousins Supermarket
  • Honey’s
  • North Bowl
  • The Parlour
  • Penn Treaty Special Services District
  • Solo Real Estate
  • The Somers Group
  • Standard Tap
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NLArts would like to Sincerely thank the Penn Treaty Special Services District for their support of these programs!
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SUMMER CAMP 2014 is August 11 to 29

Don’t miss all the fun…sign-up for NLArts Summer Camp 2014.

Registration form camp2014

Article on NLArts Summer Camp 2013

  • Born to perform: Young dancers from the NLArts program perform at Liberty Lands as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAN GUSTAFSON Born to perform: Young dancers from the NLArts program perform at Liberty Lands as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival. PHOTO COURTESY OF DAN GUSTAFSON

Dancing to their own beat

By Sam Newhouse Sept. 11, 2013

Northern Liberties kids work with NLArts to take a turn at expressing their creativity through art, dance and more.

At sunset in Northern Liberties last Friday, the echo of unique music drew passersby to Liberty Lands Park.

There, they discovered a group of youngsters performing an improvisational dance to music inspired by African drumbeats, in an event held as part of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

But the 12 dancers weren’t just the youngest performers in the festival — they also choreographed the piece and wrote the music accompanying it themselves, through the NLArts — Northern Liberties Arts — summer camp program. The camp provides art programs to children at weekend and summer workshops taught by local artists.

Performer Maya, 10, proudly said that she had created part of the choreography – dipping down with her hands out to the ground and make a scooping gesture upwards to demonstrate.

“Running up and down the park was hard,” Maya admitted, but overall she and her younger sister, Lili, who both performed, said they had a fun time.

“Even if it was just a one night thing, it’s cool they got to be part of the festival,” said Maya and Lili’s dad, Craig Peterson, himself the former director of the Philadelphia Fringe Festival.

Choreographer Christina Gesualdi, a dancer in residence at the Mascher Space Co-op, worked with the kids to create this performance.

“We really played a lot with different ideas. They wanted it to be specific to the park out here, and to be close to the audience. It was really just take the music and run with it, and have fun,” she said.

According to Kristin McKeown, another parent of kids who performed in the program, NLArts is unique in that it invites kids participating in the program to create their own projects.

“They love being able to be so creative,” McKeown said of her two children, who have participated in NLArts for three summers. “They’re part of creating it. It’s a camp where they have a voice.”

NLArts has offered their end-of-summer arts camp, as well as monthly arts workshops for kids on First Fridays, since 2007, according to director Monika Kreidie. She said the program was started due to the lack of arts programs for kids in the Northern Liberties area.

“We were basically just a group of moms that started it,” Kreidie said.

Kreidie and the approximately 100 other families who had been supportive of an arts program in NoLibs decided to start up the NLArts program.

Cyndie Reid, whose daughter performed in Friday’s dance, agreed that there weren’t many other options in the neighborhood for this type of art class.

“There’s a lot of music programs, but not so much in the performing arts aspect,” Reid said. “My daughter loves music and dance. It’s just so nice to see her get up there and want to be in a performance in front of everybody.”

NLArts originally held its arts programming at the Crane Arts Center, and then at the Angler Movements Arts Center. In recent years it has moved to the Northern Liberties Community Center, which gives the program more flexibility, Kreidie said. The group sometimes coordinates programs with the Northern Liberties Recreation Center next door.

The three-week summer NLArts program, which takes place annually in August, consists of three workshops each in the morning and afternoon every weekday. In the first week, kids put together a dance or theatrical performance, in the second week they concentrate on visual art, and in the third week they take trips to art galleries and studios around the city.

“What we’ve developed over seven years, is what really works is when you give the children the chance to choose what creative art they do,” Kreidie said. “It gives them a sense of ownership.”

This was the first year that NLArts students held a performance after the program ended. Musician Dominic Angellela worked with the kids on creating the music played during the performance, which local musician Tom Spiker helped them record.

In the near future, Kreidie said NLArts is planning a workshop where kids redecorate garbage cans in the neighborhood with colorful designs. The group will also hold a workshop soon in which kids will build drones, and another planned neighborhood art project is for an interactive sculpture that will serve as a water fountain for dogs.

“That’s important to us, providing things that can be retained in the neighborhood,” Kreidie said. “That’s one ultimate goal we have, to make things that kids will look at their whole lives and be like, ‘I did that.’”

You can reach Sam Newhouse at snewhouse@bsmphilly.com.

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NLArts will be part of the 2013 Fringe Festival!!

Join us at Liberty Lands Park on Friday, September 6th at 5pm for a site specific dance and music performance.Thanks to the talents of local choreographer Christina Gesauldi and musician Dominic Angelella, NLArts will be presenting a piece created and performed by NLArts campers. This is a free family friendly event. Bring a picnic blanket or lawn chair and we will see you on Sept. 6th at the Park.

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Learn More About Our Camp

Click this link, NLArts Camp 2010, to learn more about NLArts Camp.

Happy Campers

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NLArts Week 1 Performance

Here is a video of the student performance from week 1 of this year’s NLArts Camp.  At the end of each week, the campers put on a show for parents and community members, showcasing the art projects they have been working on.

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