Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Green Street Raises $23K for After School Programs

From the Green Street Arts Center

Green Street Arts Center of Wesleyan University held its 5th anniversary celebration and first-ever auction on Thursday, February 18th, raising over $23,000 for the After School Arts and Science Program and its scholarship fund. The magical evening was filled with conversation, laughter, live music and salsa lessons, food from around the world and over 175 unique items and experiences for guests to bid on.

As guests entered Green Street they were greeted by the sounds of Wesleyan students Will Monson and Matt Bernstein playing saxophone and bass guitar. Throughout the evening participants enjoyed performances by hip hop troupe ThoroEnergy, a Carnatic Trio, John Bergeron playing keyboard, The Remainders rocking out on guitars, The Adam Kubota Band playing jazz music, and Jocelyn Pleasant and Friends on African drums. 

Popular items from our auction included an instant wine cellar, handcrafted jewelry and XX, tickets to the Blue Man Group, Hartford Stage and other theatre and entertainment tickets, a ride to school on a fire truck, wine tastings across the state, framed photos and artwork, and family fun events.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Green Street After School Arts & Science Program. Over half the students enrolled in our program reside in the North End; our location is so convenient for them that many are able to walk home after our program. This past year, 98% of all our students receive scholarship awards.

Every child has a creative spark. Our job at Green Street is to ignite that spark, by helping our students identify and nurture their talents. Our after school curriculum includes courses in Sound Recording, Songwriting, Music, Videography, Art and Science, Photojournalism, Creative Writing and Performance, Choreography, Salsa, Breakdancing, Tap, and Visual Arts. Green Street gives young people the chance to explore their creativity, increase their self-esteem, cultivate their appreciation of the arts, and develop practical skills for everyday life.

 For more information about Wesleyan University’s Green Street Arts Center, visit Or call us at 860-685-7871 or email us at  Registration for our evening and weekend classes for spring is on going. Try salsa, yoga, blogging, writing and more. A full catalog and description of class is available at our website.

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