Center for Arts and Humanities
ESCAPE to the Arts & The Enrichment Center
To provide high quality arts education to culturally and economically diverse families of
the region, enabling participants to explore creativity, learn artistic technique, build
self-esteem, and develop academic, cognitive, and problem solving skills.
Approximately 900 students participate annually. The majority are from families
residing in the inner city. 40% are male and 60% are female. 60% are Hispanic,
10% are African-American, and 20% are Caucasian. 10% are from a wide variety of
other ethnic backgrounds. 65% of the total enrollment are on a full scholarship.
Photography, clay sculpture, pottery wheel, metal sculpture, computer graphics,
woodworking, boat building, chess, cooking, videography, ethnic dance, peer mediation and
Youth & Government.
Group discussion on a variety of adolescent issues such as conflict resolution, peer
relationships, responsibilities, impact on feedback (both positive and negative), homework
assistance, YMCA health & fitness and round-trip transportation.
July 2001, the Regional YMCA purchased a 9,000 square foot facility (Feinson's) to create
a home for the Center for the Arts & Humanities. The new facility will allow us
to serve nearly 2000 students each year. The center will be fully compliant with all ADA
requirements. Our Goal - is to raise $1.8 million for the project.
To date, we have raised $1,160,010, leaving a balance of $704,130. Please consider Contributing to
ESCAPE to help realize and sustain this community project.