818.845.8551

321 E. Magnolia Blvd.

M-F: 5:30am‑10pm

Sat: 7am‑6:30pm

Sun: 9am‑5pm

Burbank Community YMCA

Performing & Visual Arts

The Burbank Community YMCA partners with Children Mending Hearts, another non-profit organization, to provide incredible opportunities for children and visual arts.  The Children Mending Hearts Global Arts programs are dynamic arts-based enrichment education classes that create global awareness, develop international relationships, build social activism and help foster empathy in youth.  Each class will feature hand-on lessons in a selected arts-learning track, participatory exercises that build empathy-based social skills, and focused opportunities to integrate arts-learning with social activism and empathetic understanding of youth in other countries.

Students will first look at different cartooning styles and learn about basic materials. Throughout the program, every lesson provides a cultural learning component focusing on Japan, a current events section introducing concepts from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and an activism and social skills awareness lesson. They will be Introduced to "Kawaii," which are Japanese Manga animals--they begin with tracing the basics, then create their own. Next, they'll learn how to draw traditional Manga-style faces and facial expressions. They will then put everything together in a self-portrait Manga-style poster. This program is taught by Children Mending Hearts.

Students will be introduced to Haiti's history, environment, society and culture through exploration of different indigenous art forms and famous Haitian artists. What role have Haitian artists--both old and young--played in teaching the world about Haiti and its people? Participants will learn about and participate in Haitian traditions of "naïve" painting, sequin art, paper mache masks and recycled toys. As we engage in hands-on activities exploring each medium, youth will learn about the connection between social hardship and artistic expression, art as a tool for political expression and the relationship between economic deprivation and Ingenuity. Lastly, students will learn about the role that art currently plays in helping Haitian citizens heal emotionally in the aftermath of the earthquake. This program is taught by Children Mending Hearts.

Students will learn the basics of digital photography, including camera functions, lighting, framing, context, portraiture, digital editing, printing and photo collage. A "cultural context" thread will focus on learning about life in Haiti through the eyes of photojournalists, as well as more broad lessons about what photojournalism is, and the role it plays In social activism. Students will ultimately explore the ways that photography--their own work and that of professional photographers--is a powerful tool for increasing empathy and public awareness of people living In the midst of global crises. This program is taught by Children Mending Hearts.

Students first make beads and learn about self-adornment traditions in East Africa. Throughout the program, every lesson provides a cultural learning component focusing on Kenya, a current events section introducing concepts from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, and an activism and social skills awareness lesson. The classes begin with students making beaded jewelry, and then they create a block print that they subsequently apply to fabric to make a kanga and paper cards. Lastly, they use a few of their beads, along with fabric scraps, raffia, feathers, etc. to make a sculpture based on traditional Ndebele dolls. This program is taught by Children Mending Hearts.