The Symbolic Art Center
9151 Pinewood Hills Dr. Rm. #401
At the Symbolic Art Center we believe youth are the best at expressing creative ideas - ideas that help improve the communities where we live, work and play.
At the core of the Symbolic Art philosophy is the idea that most human activity involves some form of artistic expression. As we see it -- professionals, craftsmen, laborers, entertainers & athletes are just a few examples of people expressing themselves artistically - in short, we see everyone as an 'Artist' and as such need to be developed.
We inspire artistic expression through education, empowerment and self-discovery - the main ingredients that underline our programming and what we use to inspire young people to develop their unique talents.
With an assortment of 'Artist Development' programming Symbolic Art connects with the youth on their terms - through mutual respect we seek to discover what's important to them -we attend to their needs as we help them navigate through the process of individual growth and development.
Our program's objective: Inspire self-discipline, self-confidence, & self-esteem through peer-to-peer tutoring, interactive games, creative workshops and mentoring.
We believe these are important qualities that help our youth learn how to become productive - positive - responsible citizens.
The Symbolic Art Center is the place where youth ages 6-15 can feel safe from any form of peer pressure.
Symbolic Art staff closely monitors group and individual behavior - collectively, we serve as an informative liaison between parents, deans, principals, law enforcement and other school staff.
Its our intention to restore the spirit of 'Community' by bringing it back to the 'Community' where it belongs.
Through programming such as S.Y.N.C [Symbolic Youth Networking Council], creative workshops, trips via 'Fun Friday' events, college tours, audio-visual production and recording, mentoring, entrepreneurial internships and an assortment of other programs we invite the community to share their talent, skills and insight along with us.
Symbolic Art collaborates with other non-profit and for-profit organizations leveraging the strength of these relationships to secure the highest levels of services available - as a result the youth get the greatest benefit.
S.Y.N.C. - Symbolic Youth Networking Council is an organized body of young people committed to serve as positive representatives for their community. The core of S.Y.N.C activities involves communicating what's 'Hot' and what's 'Not' by young people for young people. Through weekly, after-school meetings S.Y.N.C members organize and plan community service projects as the result of their ideas and creative expression.
Within a broader context of community service S.Y.N.C members contribute to their communities by reading to elementary students - they prepare and submit annual grant requests, organize recurring litter patrols to maintain cleanliness in nearby parks and recreation areas, visit senior citizen homes, and participate in the prevention of graffiti and other public nuisances youth may get involved.
A.S.A.P - After School Activity Program gets youth involved in flag football, poetry, dance, audio/visual production and recording, music, community service and other interactive learning opportunities. Youth are challenged in various ways while participating in activities that expand their ability to think, grow and mature as responsible citizens within their community.
An increasing number of children are left at home without adult care or supervision. We believe it's important for our young people to know someone cares about them and we believe we demonstrate this by caring about things most important to "Them". At the Symbolic Art Center our mission is to encourage the creative expression for all young people guiding them to reach their full potential as productive, caring and responsible citizens.
Training Wheelz - "Learning Time for-Tots" is a Symbolic Art version of an early childhood educational program that offers parents of pre-school aged children an alternative to other after-school learning programs without the excessive fees most are offered. Although geared specifically for youth ages 4 & 5 children between 6-15 also benefit from this program. All can expect to learn and build upon basic skills through fun and creative expression.
-- Ceramics Workshops - Learning the art of working with clay offers children an opportunity to explore and be as creative as they were made to be. By the time they gain the skills required to take a lump of nothing and mold it into their own creation they would have developed a sense of accomplishment, courage and self-esteem which cannot be measured.
-- Themed Art Themed art involves creative expression highlighting particular ideas, holidays or seasons. Children get into the spirit of a theme as a means of learning through artistic expression.
The Ready, Set, Play Basketball Clinic is open to boys and girls ages
Junior Achievement - Organized youth councils serve as the backbone of all planned Symbolic Art community service-oriented events. Youth gain mentoring in the areas of entrepreneurship exposed to many facets of the 'Artistic' expression of business, entertainment and sports. Their participation earns community service points vital for building resumes pivotal for completing a well rounded personal profile that can be used towards seeking higher levels of education.
Through our strategic partnerships youth actively engage in the process of organizing, promoting and executing projects that are intended to develop the skills they need to engage in certain business endeavors. They'll learn budgeting, accounting, time-management and other life skills that build confidence.
Core programming offered through the Symbolic Art Center engage young people in activities that challenge their creativity through peer-to-peer tutoring, college prep mentoring, fashion, modeling, health and nutrition, community service projects, behavioral and social skills all facilitated by a staff sincerely committed to being part of a viable solution.
Symbolic Art Center offers diverse programming in five key areas: