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Hyde Park school offers late-summer arts programs

Posted by Jeremy C. Fox  August 2, 2011 11:23 AM

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A Hyde Park private school is offering its first-ever summer programming with a wide slate of visual, performing and literary arts to choose from.

From Aug. 8 – 19, Boston Trinity Academy will offer programs for students ages 10 – 17 in creative writing, music composition and production, fashion design, painting, paper crafts, photography, pottery, and stagecraft.

“We wanted to do something fairly broad-based,” said Susan Solomon Yem, the academy’s special assistant to the headmaster for summer programs. “Our teachers are all professionals in their areas, so we felt like it was really important to give the kids a variety of different options, and possibly something they may not find in another program.”

Founded in 2002, the academy is a non-denominational Christian school for students grades six to 12 from throughout Boston’s neighborhoods and the surrounding towns. The school moved in 2006 from its original, rented location in Brookline to Hale Street in Hyde Park after it purchased the former Lt. Joseph P. Kennedy Jr. Memorial School.

Yem said the school’s administration has wanted for several years to begin offering summer programs that would make use of the 60,000-square-foot building outside of the school year. Because they hope to benefit all students in the community, the summer arts program is open both for those enrolled in the academy and those who attend other schools throughout the year.

Yem said the late-summer timing of the program is intended to help fill gaps in families’ schedules.

“We chose this particular time in August because it seems like traditionally a lot of the public parks and recreation programs have ended,” Yem said. “A lot of people have already done their vacations and they need something to kind of fill a gap before school actually starts.”

The two-week program costs $100 per week, with a $25 discount for siblings, and lasts from 1 – 4 p.m., Monday – Friday. Students choose two classes for the first week and may continue one or both during the second week or choose others, except for stagecraft, which is a double-block class.

Headmaster Frank Guerra hopes the programs will encourage students to continue to pursue the arts throughout their educations.

“These classes give students the opportunity to engage their curiosity and creativity in a variety of ways and will whet their appetites for further creative endeavors,” Guerra said in a statement released by the school.

The academy can accommodate some walk-in students, but pre-registration is preferred for purposes of planning class sizes. To register online, visit http://www.bostontrinity.org/artscamp. For more information, contact Susan Yem at syem@bostontrinity.org.

Email Jeremy C. Fox at jeremycfox@gmail.com.

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