HiArt!
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    1.5 to 15 years

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Now beginning its fifteenth year, HiArt! opens the landscapes of contemporary art and music to children of all ages—from toddlers to teens. Classes alternate visits to the best “grown-up” art at New York’s major galleries and museums one week, with a creative burst of hands-on art, music and movement the next. Studio time offers a fluid, mixed-media approach that focuses on a modern musical masterpiece and a tantalizingly delightful hands-on art-project, both of which continue to unfold over the course of the semester. Classes for older kids include manga, sculpture, installations and painting.

In our stunning studio that overflows with art supplies and the boundless energy of amazing young artists, we dance on sparkling floors and sully them daily with masses of paint, glitter and every conceivable art supply imaginable. The entire city is our art-oyster: whether it’s Chelsea, or Brooklyn, or uptown at the Guggenheim – HiArt! kids don’t just look at art, they “climb inside of it.” We’ve danced to Pipilotti Rist, jumped under Christo’s gates, been part of Albert Maysles documentary, made animations from food, chatted with Thomas Struth, worked on a community mosaic in Harlem, been on the stage – so many times – of the New York City Opera and immersed ourselves in the brilliant music of composers from Rameau to Prokofiev, from Schoenberg to Babbit.

As kids grow, so does HiArt! And we've devised plenty of ways for Bigger Kids to spread their wings - all the way through middle school! Like how real working artists do it? That’s what the Bigger Kids classes are about. We’ve got the most happening manga studio in town: There’s Manga Madness with Yali Lin as well as Zoe’s Saturday Mangathon. Need inspiration? You'll find it here! Whether during the school year, at one of the many Holiday Camps, or during the summer at Culture Bugs!, HiArt!'s incredible programs for the arts-savviest kids in the city are not to be missed!

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Dr. Matthew Greenbaum

9/8/2009

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"By far the most original and sophisticated arts program for kids in New York"