Mariposa’s Art Coordinator Emmanuel Garcia talks about expanding Mariposa’s Art program offerings into the evening with RISE Community Arts Classes.

How did RISE come about?

Mariposa’s Art is mainly an after-school program, and we recognized a demand for students who are advanced or especially interested in an art form to have a place to develop their skills with more individual attention and challenging material outside of a school setting/structure. We’re excited that we can offer these community classes for youth ages 11-22.

What’s special about RISE? What are you most excited about with this new program?

What make RISE classes stand out is that they are multi-generational, community-based, and allow for more personalized development by working in small groups.

What classes are being offered?

Acoustic Guitar, Hip Hop Dance, Community Theater, Expressive Painting, and West African Drumming.

What else are you looking forward to with Mariposa’s Art this year?

We are partnering with UCSC and Pajaro Valley Health Services to host a community Youth Empowerment Conference at Pajaro Valley High School on March 17th!

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