Program Details

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25 middle-school to high-school-aged participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis to participate in a fun summer program for creative expression through dance, mentorship with the Youth Board of Artists at Hyde Park Art Center, and financial literacy education.

Please read more about the program below, familiarize yourself with the rules, permissions, policies, and waivers before you register for this program. You will need to acknowledge you have read them before your registration will be accepted.

This program is offered free to the community and supported by generous sponsorship and partnership from the community. 

Dates & Times

Orientation Saturday, June 26th at 10 am


If you registered after the 26th, the orientation is being recorded and will be shared. Please view it before the program begins on the 6th.


Program begins July 6 and runs for 4 weeks
and participation is mandatory in all programs:

Tuesdays starting July 6, 3:30 - 4:30 pm – Mercy Barrial, Instructor

Dance Sessions — A high energy introduction to dance as a form of release and self-expression through movement. Students will experience different genres of dance including jazz, contemporary, and hip-hop, with an emphasis on building their confidence to improvise or freestyle in the movement style most uniquely comfortable to them. Class will include warmups, progressions, choreography combinations, and skill-building, all aiming to build their body coordination, musicality, movement vocabulary, body alignment, and spatial awareness.


Wednesdays starting July 7, 3:30 - 4:30 pm – Rolanda Johnson, Instructor

Financial Literacy Sessions — These sessions will teach fundamental skills to help establish healthy financial habits.  Foundational topics that will be discussed will include: the history of the U.S. Banking system, understanding various payment options available while making transactions in commerce, simple interest vs. compound interest, sales tax vs. income tax, creating household budgets, and savings and investing. Parents and/or guardians are invited to join the Financial Literacy sessions along with their students.

Thursdays starting July 8, 3:30 - 4:30 pm – Jared Brown, Teaching Artist

Art Sessions — The OTP (Off The Pews) and YBA (Youth Board of Artists) partnership is a four session program for teens to mentor middle schoolers about the artworks at the Art Center, particularly Faheem Majeed’s exhibition. Teens will meet virtually to provide gallery experiences, activities, and conversation to create a culminating piece. This program is an opportunity for OTP students to learn about local artists and about the Hyde Park Art Center and its history in the Southside, and want to help share it with their community. In addition, this is a community service opportunity for YBA students and high school participants will gain service credit during the summer. 

Zoom details will be provided as the program progresses.

Please check your junk email folder if you haven't received the link before contacting the program coordinator.

Contact programcoordinator@offthepews.org with questions

We are looking forward to a fun and safe summer of learning and creativity!
We hope you will join us!




Onsite Participation Waiver


These programs would not be possible without the donations and contributions of the community. We deeply appreciate your generosity of financial support, time, spirit, and caring. Peace and blessings to you and yours.


Off The Pews: Faith in Action could not provide these programs without the support of generous donors. If you would like to support this program, please make a donation today!

Thank you!