Continuing its mission of Arts for All, the St. Peter’s Community Arts Academy in Geneva has opened on-line registration for private and group lessons.
Returning students and newcomers are encouraged to register quickly at www.stpetersarts.org as the new season will start on Sept. 5th, 2018. For more information, check the Arts Academy website at www.stpetersarts.org or call 315-789-0106.
The annual Open House for people to meet Academy faculty members and learn about the many dance and music programs will take place from 4:30PM to 6:30PM Thursday, Sept. 13th, at St. Peter’s Church, 149 Genesee St., Geneva, where the Academy offers instruction.
The Arts Academy started in 2005 and continues to grow. The Academy added dance five years ago and guitar lessons last year to its lineup of community children’s choirs, piano, violin, cello, organ and voice. There is also an introduction to music and dance for children from birth through six years old.
“Although young people are the target audience for the Arts Academy, the classes and lessons serve everyone from infants to adults,” said the Rev. James Adams, Head of School for the Arts Academy and Rector of St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. “Although the church sponsors and supports the Academy, it is not affiliated religiously. As an organization dedicated to creating a rich cultural environment accessible to all through lessons, classes, workshops and performances, the Arts Academy is an integral part of the Geneva community.”
The group classes and private lessons take place at the Arts Academy on 149 Genesee St. in Geneva. The academic year starts in September and continues through the middle of June for a total of 36 weeks. Performances at various times throughout the year also are an integral part of the program. Some 50 performances will take place this academic year to help students build confidence in their ability to practice, rehearse, and perform in ways that recognize their potential as individuals. The Academy stresses that performances also help in the ongoing development of Geneva as a vibrant community that values the arts and education.
The Arts Academy is able to provide financial aid scholarships to students thanks to the support of the Wyckoff Family Foundation, the Episcopal Diocese of Rochester and other private donors. Financial aid is generally awarded at the start of the academic year based on financial need of the applicant. Families should apply by Sept. 15. The application and details on the supporting documentation needed are on the website.
Rev. Adams said the Academy has grown to serving more than 300 students from 16 area schools in a five-county area in large part due to the dedicated core of instructors and staff, all of whom are professionals in their field and come from diverse and talented backgrounds. Arts Academy faculty are both teachers and professionals, all of whom perform at local, regional, and national levels in their respective disciplines.