YOU: Are an artsy creative sort. Maybe you travel everywhere with a sketchbook. Maybe you can't stop drawing eyeballs when you're supposed to be in math class. (What's up with that?) Maybe you're always enlisting family members as subjects for your next film or photo project, or perhaps you're a musician who can't stop drumming on tables even when people say that's not appropriate at Thanksgiving dinner. You probably have weird hair. But you also have tons of ideas, and have been looking for a like-minded community of folks who think the way you do.
WE: Are that community of like-minded folks. And we'd like to invite you to join us every Monday to take our classes, work on your projects in our studio space, or to just hang out with other creatives like yourself.
HOW THIS WORKS: Rise Out has partnered with Spontaneous Celebrations, a large community center in Jamaica Plain that will be open to participating homeschoolers from 10:00-3:00 every Monday. Students who enroll in the full-day program can go upstairs and downstairs throughout the day, choosing their own level of participation in structured vs. non-structured activities. Our Spring 2019 semester includes teacher-led classes in Comics and Graphic Novels, Spoken Word, and Art Resistance, a student-led Jam Sessions space for teen musicians, independent studio space for visual artists (paint, canvas, and all other materials are provided, although feel free to bring your own supplies if you need them), independent studio space for dancers (including barre and fully-mirrored wall), independent studio space for actors and playwrights (including full stage and some costuming materials; sewing supplies may be available on request), as well as a 6-session class on Fanfiction available only to participants in the full-day program. Be aware that some classes and activities overlap.
o Students who only want to take one or two classes can sign up for them individually on our class registration page.
o Some students choose to enroll in the full-day program without participating in any structured classes. This is fine, too! One of the main advantages of this program is providing a supportive social space for teen homeschoolers in Boston and surrounding areas. Including volunteers, our staff:student ratio is around 1:3, so no matter how shy you are, you will be welcomed and included and will be able to find your niche.
o Rise Out is is committed to providing an inclusive social and learning environment to students of color, LGBT students, and students with disabilities, including students who have recently left traditional high school due to anxiety or depression.
Suggested age range: You should be at least 13 and not older than 18 to participate, though we will consider students who are on the outer edges of those age groups on a case-by-case basis. In other words it's probably okay if you're 12-and-a-half, but you shouldn't be 7, or 40.
Outside work: None required, though students are always encouraged to move forward with projects outside of class.
When & where: Mondays at Spontaneous Celebrations in Jamaica Plain from 10:00-3:00, Feb. 4 - May 6, 2019. Not open Feb. 18 or Apr. 15. Spontaneous Celebrations has off-street parking and is wheelchair-accessible. It is located at 45 Danforth Street near the Stony Brook T stop (directions).
Fee: $600 for the semester, which covers the entire time slot and all classes offered (in other words students who elect this option may take any and all classes offered and/or use any remaining time for independent studio work). Payment plans available. Class fees waived for families with financial need. (Waivers and payment plan information.)
Photo credit: Connor Durflinger