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March 29, 2012

Two months of brainstorming and planning are behind us and we’ve finally started working on our public art project: a found object mosaic mural in the Urban Canyon at Brent Elementary.  My team of 11 ambitious second and third graders has taken on the huge project of designing and constructing a 9×5 foot masterpiece that will celebrate the unique and diverse ecosystem... more

March 29, 2012

Last Fall kids in the CHAW after school Murals by Kids for Kids class painted a mural for the children in Nyumbani, an AIDS orpanage near Nairobi, Kenya.

The children from Nyumbani sent about 50 pictures they had made.

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February 29, 2012

CHAW’s private music program is growing with even more talented teaching artists, more available lessons, and more instruments! Instruction is currently available in piano, drums, voice, guitar, cello, violin, viola, and flute. Students of all ages have the opportunity to participate in Repertoire Classes and Recitals each session.

CHAW welcomes the newest... more

February 16, 2012

The interactive installations Find a Name by Aleya Best and Hopscotch: Don’t step on the line by Antonina Wenzler were created in the YAP Installation Art=BIG class grades K-2 as part of a study of line in space and inspired by the work of artists Andy Goldsworthy and Tony Cragg. Installations by the Grades 3-6 class are also in the process of filling the walls of the... more

February 10, 2012

Last night concluded my three Midnight in Paris events in celebration of CHAW’s 40th anniversary. Many thanks to CHAW and to the folks who joined me in the festivities. It was so much fun to think and play outside my usual instructor box with these short classes. And it was so gratifying to see what folks created. It really affirms the CHAW mission of providing more... more

January 17, 2012

Birdsong from “Songs of Children” Anonymous 1941

He doesn’t know the world at allWho stays in his nest and doesn’t go out.He doesn’t know what birds know bestNor what I want to sing aboutThat the world is full of loveliness.

 When dewdrops sparkle in the grassAnd earth’s aflood with morning light,A blackbird sings upon a bushTo greet the dawning after... more

January 13, 2012

It's a bird. It's a plane. No, it's Super Ed!

Ed Herold may seem like a regular guy. And in many ways, he is. He lives in a house, he sleeps in a bed, he drives a car, he goes to work every day.

But really, he is not just your average guy. He is a CHAW superhero!

Ed has served on the CHAW board for three years so far.  He... more

January 7, 2012

Show judge, Billy Friebele (right) tells the story of his first day teaching a class in CHAW's Youth Arts Program. Also shown are Ellen Cornett, CHAW teaching artist and Jonathan Black, CHAW board member.

CHAW hosted the opening of the December Adult Visual Arts Student art exhibit on December 10, 2011. Judge, Billy Friebele originally... more

October 7, 2011

Check out some of the wonderful photos from ArtSmash. The strongman was created by teaching artist, Emma Steinkraus and Youth Arts Program coordinator, Leslie Andrus was photographer extraordinaire. Click on an image to save and print it as a souvenir of the evening. It was a fabulous party with more photos to come.

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September 13, 2011

Appropriately dressing for an event, particularly for women, is often a dangerous endeavor. ‘Black Tie’ is easy—a long dress, something sparkly and off the shoulder. Similarly, the opposite side of the fashion spectrum—‘Barbeque’—is also straightforward with your only concern being what SPF level to continuously re-apply.

Men, have dressing easy. There are few... more

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