West Side YMCA - Community Arts

West Side YMCA - Community Arts

Professional
Midtown, New York, New York
(27 Reviews)

How We Build:
 
Healthy Bodies
We develop bodies and voices through participation in arts programs that build and strengthen community
We teach self-expression through writing, visual art, creative drama, movement, dance, and theatre.

Healthy Minds 
We support arts education and literacy efforts, providing opportunities through the development of innovative partnerships, programming, and theater resource services. We explore ideas and culture. 
We involve young people in the entire creative and technical process and development of productions. 
We empower maximize the potential of our youth by providing professional performing arts training, workshops, connections, and performance opportunities.

Healthy Spirits
We develop confidence, imagination, a sense of self, teamwork, discipline, integrity, and other life skills through the teaching of stage skills. 
We provide a safe place to be passionate an creative, and inspire a desire for learning. 
We use the arts as a dynamic and progressive tool to teach effective ways to listen and communicate. 
We provide a creative forum for young people to express their concerns and ideas.

Reviews of West Side YMCA - Community Arts

(27 Reviews)
Memoir Splash!

8/29/2018
Ruth Ferris

Attended: Memoir Splash!


Excellent feedback from class instructor and fellow attendees (Mindy Lewis maintains good class structure and an encouraging environment for all participants. It's apparent from her notes and comments that she takes time to evaluate student submissions.) Good and thoughtful reading recommendations for further development Supportive class environment Small class size for individualized attention Class targeted at the right level Scheduled time convenient

Telling Great Stories

8/29/2018
Erik

Attended: Telling Great Stories


I have taken part in a number of workshops over the years. In the capable hands of Thad Rutkowski, this one ranked among the very best. We had a half dozen writers of various skill levels, styles, and interests. Despite our differences, with guidance from Thad, we worked together beautifully as a team in improving our story-telling. Over the course of the class, the improvement in the quality of our work became something for all of us to marvel at and take pride in. In a fairly short time, we formed an effective team feeding off each other's comments. I found the experience highly productive as well as fun.

Memoir Splash!

8/27/2018
Barbara Felton

Attended: Memoir Splash!


Mindy was knowledgeable about the craft of writing and, at the same time, responsive to the needs and wishes of the class. She provided extensive feedback to each student and led the class in high-level discussion of writing. This was a wonderful course!

Telling Great Stories

8/27/2018
Paul Zeigler

Attended: Telling Great Stories


Thad Rutkowski, a talented writer and teacher, offers insight, inspiration, and encouragement. He, and fellow classmates, gave me the courage and confidence to believe in myself and write.

Memoir Splash!

8/24/2018
Anonymous

Attended: Memoir Splash!


I loved the small group atmosphere of the class. Mindy Lewis is a gifted teacher and had insightful teaching moments that allowed me to expand my writing in a more meaningful way.

Telling Great Stories

8/23/2018
Daniel Dworkin

Attended: Telling Great Stories


This class really helped me develop as a writer. The structure of the workshop encourages people to write small works, or take steps at completing longer work. I can see a significant difference between my writing quality from my first session and now. The participants are great to work with, and Thad really helped guide me to better performance than I thought possible. I would say this class is worth the investment, even if you don't have a novel in mind to write, you may find the inspiration for one out of the many prompts. I don't even live in NYC, and it's still worth the trip from upstate NY to attend.

Telling Great Stories

8/23/2018
Art Lasky

Attended: Telling Great Stories


Thad creates a warm, supportive, and inclusive environment for both beginners and experienced writers. He encourages participation and provides constructive feedback. His policy on how much of their own (non-class assignment) work each writer is allowed to submit is liberal. I believe everyone in his class comes away a better writer for it.

Filling the Well

6/20/2018
Meghan K.

Attended: Filling the Well


Beth gives a number of options as your prompts for each class, and then an additional fun activity is assigned as part of an effort to get you to think creatively and expose yourself to new ideas. Beth is a kind, thoughtful teacher who has very insightful critiques and suggestions on what direction you should go in and how you can strengthen each piece. This was my second time taking this course and I've already signed up for it again!

Filling the Well

4/18/2018
Meghan K.

Attended: Filling the Well


This is the second class of Beth's that I've taken at the YMCA and I really enjoyed it. Each class, each student reads their 300-word work aloud, based on the prompt assigned the last week. This format allows for students to experiment with one-off pieces or continue working on longer works throughout the course. Beth's critiques are thoughtful and helpful. I would absolutely take this class again, and I suggest you do too!

Shaping the Stories in Our Lives

4/11/2018
Anca P.

Attended: Shaping the Stories in Our Lives


I liked very much this class, starting with the teacher and the structure, down to my classmates. Very stimulating and productive. Special thanks to Mindy Lewis, the teacher, for her inspired way of leading the class, her professionalism and commitment. All in all— wonderful experience.

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5 W 63rd St, New York, New York 10023
West Side YMCA - Community Arts
Midtown, Manhattan
5 W 63rd St
Btwn W 62nd & W 64th Streets
New York, New York 10023

Upcoming Classes at West Side YMCA - Community Arts

Strange and Fantastical Tales
Strange and Fantastical Tales
Next start date:

Tuesday Sep 24th, 6:45pm - 8:45pm

Telling Great Stories
Telling Great Stories
Next start date:

Monday Oct 28th, 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Screenwriting/Playwriting/TV & Musical Theater Writing
Screenwriting/Playwriting/TV & Musical Theater Writing
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Monday Oct 28th, 6:45pm - 8:45pm

Intro to Fiction
Intro to Fiction
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Wednesday Oct 30th, 1pm - 3pm

Going Deeper: Fiction Workshop
Going Deeper: Fiction Workshop
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Wednesday Oct 30th, 6:45pm - 8:45pm

Life Stories
Life Stories
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Tuesday Oct 29th, 10am - 12pm

A Laughing Matter - Adding Humor to Your Writing
A Laughing Matter - Adding Humor to Your Writing
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Thursday Oct 31st, 6:45pm - 8:45pm

The Art of Personal Narrative
The Art of Personal Narrative
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Thursday Oct 31st, 6:45pm - 8:45pm

Reader's Theatre 55+
Reader's Theatre 55+
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Tuesday Nov 5th, 1pm - 4pm

Shaping the Stories in Our Lives
Shaping the Stories in Our Lives
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Tuesday Nov 5th, 1:30pm - 3:30pm