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 work on your projects in our studio space, or to just hang out with other creatives like yourself. You can also take any of the classes we'll be offering in subjects like fashion photography, filmmaking, songwriting, jewelry-making, and more.
HOW THIS WORKS: Spontaneous Celebrations is a large community center in Jamaica Plain that will be open to participating Rise Out students from 10:00-3:00 every Monday. Downstairs we'll hold classes on a variety of arts-related subjects. Upstairs we'll have an open studio space for students who want to do their own thing. 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.
Students who only want to take one class or two classes can sign up for them individually on our class registration page.
NOTE: This is a queer- and trans-friendly space. If you enjoy ridiculing people for doing gender "wrong," this program is probably not a good fit for you. The same applies to race, disability, etc.
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, Jan. 22-Apr. 23, 2018. Not open Feb. 19 or Apr. 16. 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. Payment plans available. Class fees waived for families with financial need. (Waivers and payment plan information.)
Photo credit: Connor Durflinger