classes & workshops

we offer a variety of programs throughout the year. scroll down to see what sessions are currently available at downing-gross and which ones are coming soon. if you would like to make a suggestion for the types of workshops that you would like to see in the future, please contact us using the form on our contact page!

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Ngoma afrika - coming february 21, 2019

all ages on saturdays at 1:00 - 2:00 pm · 18+ on Thursdays at 6:30 - 7:30 pm · registration is required

Beginning February 21, join trained professional erika randolph as she teaches traditional dance of southern and western africa. these weekly classes are only $5 per person. the thursday classes will be available for ages 18+ while the classes on saturdays will be open to all ages.

 

Spring Break Puppet Camp with James Cooper

April 1-5, 2019 · 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM · $85 per child · registration is required

From classic kids TV shows like Sesame Street and the Muppets to major motion pictures like Star Wars, puppets have played an important part in culture-shaping media.

This spring break, Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center is hosting a 5-day puppet-making camp. Kids can learn about the history of puppets while experimenting with mask-making, basic puppet design, and papier-mâché. The children will get to keep all of their creations during the week-long camp, led by expert puppet creator, James Cooper of TLC Puppets.

There is a one-time registration fee of $85 for the week. It will be held Monday, April 1st through Friday, April 5th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM. This program is for kindergartners and older.

 

Let’s Get It! : hip-hop dance with tony truong - coming april 6, 2019

ages 10+ · Saturdays from 2:30 - 4:30 pm · registration is required

our favorite talented b-boy is back and giving us more free dance sessions from april 6 until may 11! bringing his own original hip-hop choreography, tony truong will teach you some amazing moves that you can bust out at the next party. register for any or all of the sessions. space is limited and registration is required.

Registration available soon.

 

Overture - youth performance troupe

Ages 8+ · Wednesdays from 5:30 - 7:30 · registration is required

THE SECOND 10-WEEK CAMP WILL BEGIN IN MARCH 2019. Check out our new club for the kids that have a flair for the dramatics and the ones looking to break out of their shell. The word “overture” is defined as an introduction to something more substantial. this performance troupe is just that - allowing young people to sample various avenues in the world of theater. the first 10-week session begins on january 9, 2018. meetings will be held on wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. there is a one-time registration fee of $25. it is available online, over the phone, or in-person.

 

U ARE MUSIC - WORKSHOPs coming soon

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS · DATES TBD · REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED

This program has currently been postponed at the request of the instructor. For more information on their programs, please visit exet, llc.

 

year-long programming

check out some of our programs that are available all year-round! some of them are monthly and some are weekly, but all of them have a home here at Downing-Gross cultural arts center.

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25 MICS - MONTHLY OPEN MIC

EVERY SECOND TUESDAY 7:00 PM FREE ALL AGES ARE WELCOME

JOIN US IN THIS POSITIVE SPACE TO LET YOUR CREATIVITY SHINE! HOSTED BY THE INCREDIBLE NINA BREWTON, 25 MICS IS A WARM AND WELCOMING EXPERIENCE FOR EVERYONE! RSVP IS APPRECIATED BUT NOT REQUIRED.

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CANVAS CAFE - PAINT AND SIP TEA PARTIES

ONE SATURDAY PER MONTH TIMES VARY $27 PER PERSON ALL AGES ARE WELCOME

FOLLOW SOME OF YOUR FAVORITE LOCAL ARTISTS AS THEY LEAD YOU IN CREATING YOUR VERY OWN MASTERPIECES. ENJOY COMPLIMENTARY TEA AND COFFEE OUT OF YOUR FREE DOWNING-GROSS MUG. SPACE IS LIMITED AND REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. THE COST IS $27 PER PERSON. UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED, ALL WORKSHOPS WILL BEGIN AT 2:00 PM.

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POINT, AIM, & SHOOT PHOTOGRAPHY STUDIO

SATURDAYS 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM FREE AGES 10-18

CALLING ALL ASPIRING YOUTH PHOTOGRAPHERS: CHECK OUT OUR FREE PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP. LED BY MICHAEL LEMELLE & ANGELA GILLIAM, POINT, AIM, & SHOOT TEACHES YOUNG PEOPLE HOW TO FIND THEIR CREATIVE VOICE. YOU CAN LEARN TO USE PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY EQUIPMENT, ATTEND SPECIAL EVENTS AS THE FEATURED MEDIA CREW, LEARN HOW TO MARKET YOUR PICTURES, AND PARTICIPATE IN THE PRODUCTION OF DOCUMENTARY FEATURES.

NO EXPERIENCE IS REQUIRED AND BEGINNERS ARE WELCOME! PLEASE CALL BEFORE YOUR FIRST VISIT. THE POINT, AIM, AND SHOOT MEETING TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE BASED ON SPECIAL EVENTS.

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MOSAIC STEEL DRUM ENSEMBLE

MONDAYS 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM FREE ON-SITE REGISTRATION ONLY

JOIN THE BEST STEEL DRUM PERFORMANCE GROUP ON THE PENINSULA. INTERESTED IN PLAYING A FUN MUSICAL INSTRUMENT? WANT TO PERFORM ALL OVER HAMPTON ROADS? JOIN OUR STEEL DRUM CLASS AND LEARN HOW TO PLAY THIS MAGICAL INSTRUMENT. CLASSES ARE TAUGHT BY MOSAIC STEEL ORCHESTRA AND SPONSORED BY THE NEWPORT NEWS ARTS COMMISSION. REGISTRATION IS ONLY AVAILABLE IN-PERSON.

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