Student Feedback

“The Artists Collective lets kids live their dream. It lets you feel like you can be who you want. It’s my first year here and I already feel like this is home. I love the programs and the chances this program lets kids have. I see a lot of black heritage stuff, posters, artwork, etc. which makes me feel like I’m at my place. I love how proud this place makes me feel, and truly feel like this is the best program ever. I feel like it has everything it needs….Beautiful and fresh!”

Rachelle, Age, 14

“I started at the Artists Collective around the age of six. I took everything from martial arts to African drumming to tap dancing; I even participated in YABOO.  As an adult, I recognize that my involvement in the Artists Collective led me on a path that steered me away from the fate that many of my peers unfortunately met.”

Herb Virgo, Founder/Executive Director, Keney Park Sustainability Project

“I did a lot this summer. I had a fun but educational time. In Youth Jazz Orchestra I learned different chords, chord progression, and minor and major scales. I also wrote my own song that was featured in the finale play. I made some friends too. All in all, it was a good year at the Artists Collective!”

Aaron, Age, 12

“Marvelous. Awesome. Real. Quirky. Unique. Exciting. Smart. At age 7, I started at the Artists Collective. First type of dance was African. African helps me use my muscles. Tapping shows you to use your feet to make beats. I’ve learned a lot... Send your child to the Artists Collective!”

Marques, Age, 11

“As long as I been at Artists Collective, I have improved physically and mentally. Dance has helped me learn so much more than I would have following trendy dances. This has been a cultural experience to learn about where I came from and how dance has evolved. I have been dancing here since I was about 6 and I have improved much more than I thought I could. I learn how to make jewelry and pillows. I started on Saturday, and then started making it my daily routine as I grew up. Artists Collective has been a great and challenging experience for my future profession.”

Crystal, Age, 13