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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 -African dance Classes

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

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 are available for ages 18+ while the classes on saturdays are open to all ages.

 

Let’s Get It! : hip-hop dance with tony truong

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.

 

Overture - youth performance troupe

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

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. meetings will be held on wednesdays from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

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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.

Summer By Design

Join us for a summer camp program that provides kids with a unique experience in the arts. more information on this special program is coming soon!



sessions:

Love over hate with k’bana blaq

June 17-21 · Monday - Friday · 9:00 am - 2:00 PM · $65

Love Over Hate recognizes that building confidence and instilling a sense of community, identity, and independence are critical for today’s children. through music and theater, love over hate camp will address current societal issues such as anti-bullying, self-esteem, and self-expression in a creative, fun environment. celebrate your voice! celebrate your uniqueness!





music-making with soundscapes

june 24-28 · registration only available through soundscapes

for more information, contact soundscapes.



music magic with tiffany wright

july 8-12 · monday - friday · 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM · TBA

more details coming soon.





GIFTED HANDS DESIGNz with adrienne terry-bey

july 15-18 · monday - thursday · 9:00 AM - 12:00 noon · $50 · ages: 7-12

Children can have fun making crafts with adrienne terry-bey of gifted hands designz, llc. this week-long workshop features picasso inspired mask-making, printmaking with recyclables, shaving cream paper designs, and more! the kids will be able to take what they have learned to experiment with unique crafts at home with very affordable supplies used in very creative ways.

registration coming soon.



hip-hop and fashion with erika randolph

july 22-26 · monday - friday · 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM · TBA

more details coming soon.





Dramatically Able II with Access Virginia

july 29 - August 9 · monday - friday · 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM · FREE

Registration deadline: july 12, 2019

Enroll in Dramatically Able ii, a two-week series of theater sensory workshops for students 4th-12th grade who are blind or visually impaired. come and learn about theater, engage in dramatic activities, attend a live theatrical performance and be a part of a cast in a showcase of performance where you get to show your talents! for more details about the program and to submit your registration forms, please contact lois boyle: accessvirginia@gmail.com or 757-276-1761.


Summer Movie Series

Enjoy free family films every tuesday at 2:00 PM, all summer long! free admission & free popcorn for ages 7-17. kids under the age of 11 must be accompanied by an adult or older sibling. RSVP is appreciated but not required and will be available soon!

 
 

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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