Christian’s Service Reflection

This summer, I volunteered at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. CMA is “a nonprofit arts facility that brings hands-on art programming to children throughout New York City” (CMA Website). During the summer, CMA has classes at their main facility in West Soho, and classes on Governors Island that are held in what used to be U.S. Naval Officer housing.

This was my third summer volunteering at CMA which offers a wide variety of arts classes. I assisted with three, weeklong film classes on Governors Island. Classes was based around teaching kids, ages 7-13, an animating computer program called iStopmotion.

Each day, I helped chaperone the kids to and from Governors Island. I was put in-charge of workstations and groups and assisted kids if they had questions. This helped me gain a better sense of effectively teaching kids and also furthered my understanding of iStopmotion and filming techniques.

When I was younger, I took classes at CMA, so it has been very rewarding to teach kids and help them have the same experiences I had. It was also nice to learn that some of the kids taking the class were lower school students at Friends. Overall, it was a great experience taking on a larger role in helping younger kids express themselves through new forms of art.

Christian’s Experience with CMA

This summer, I volunteered at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. CMA is “a nonprofit arts facility that brings hands-on art programming to children throughout New York City” (CMA Website). During the summer, CMA has classes at their main facility in West Soho, and classes on Governors Island that are held in what used to be U.S. Naval Officer housing.

This was my second summer volunteering at CMA which offers a wide variety of arts classes. I assisted with three, weeklong film classes on Governors Island: Claymation, Epic Adventure Film, and Pixilation. Each class was based around teaching kids, ages 7-13, an animating computer program called iStopmotion.

This year I was much more involved and given more responsibilities. Each morning and afternoon, I helped chaperone the kids to and from Governors Island. I was put in-charge of workstations and groups and assisted kids if they had questions. I also gained a better sense of effectively teaching kids and also furthered my understanding of iStopmotion and filming techniques.

When I was younger, I took classes at CMA so it was very rewarding to teach kids and help them have the same experiences I had. It was also nice to learn that some of the kids taking the class were lower school students at Friends. Overall, it was a great experience taking on a larger role in helping younger kids express themselves through new forms of art.

Christian’s Summer Service at CMA

This summer, I volunteered at the Children’s Museum of the Arts. CMA is “committed to celebrating the artist in every child and promoting access to the arts for all children regardless of ability or socioeconomic status because we believe the arts are critical to child and youth development and to strong and vibrant communities” (CMA Mission Statement).

I assisted with two classes. The first was “Animating Outer Space and Beyond,” on Governors Island where kids learned to use iStopMotion and a variety of animating skills to create scenes of outer space. They would then have the chance to create their own films using the techniques they learned. Each morning we took the ferry from lower Manhattan to Governors Island. The classes where held in what used to be U.S. Naval Officer housing now outfitted with filming stations, and a screening room. The second week I assisted with “Claymation” at CMA’s main location in SoHo. Here I assisted teachers and helped kids with clay and other materials to create their films.

My time volunteering never seemed like work because I was doing something I really enjoyed. It was great helping teach younger kids how to express themselves through new forms of art.

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