What is this

Edgewood’s Expressive Arts uses poetry, art, dance, and clowning to help children learn about themselves through self-expression. The program began in 2007 and quickly grew to become a large-scale therapeutic experience for students at the Edgewood Community School.

What Services do you offer?

Children in the Expressive Arts program work with mixed media, collage, sculpting, and fine art. After completing their art projects, students write individual artist statements about their work. Their ownership of the work helps build self-esteem and self-efficacy.

Our poetry club gives students the opportunity write, choreograph, and perform their own works of poetry. We also bring in poets to perform and share their stories with students.

Through clown therapy, Paoli Lacy and The Circus Center use visual and performing arts to teach youth new approaches to creative expression. Students in the clowning classes learn about character development, acrobatics, circus arts, and creative play, as well as juggling and acting. This program works wonders with youth struggling with emotional, physical, and developmental challenges. For many students, developing a clown character gives them the freedom to finally express themselves clearly.

Who is this for?

This program is open to students of all ages who are involved with Edgewood’s non-public school and after-school programs.

More Information

For more information about Edgewood Arts, please email Melusina Gomez or call 415.681.3211.