Bermuda's KAF: Using Art to Empower Our Children

by ChelseO 24th June 2015

 bermuda kaleidoscope arts foundation


What is it?

 

A community arts center, the Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation (KAF) is non-profit and dedicated to teaching art to the island's children. Having begun as a summer camp, it was transformed into what you see today in 2006. 

 

KAF boasts 3 operational classrooms and a large outdoor space and, though the emphasis is on children, art classes are available to everyone, from toddlers to adults. Classes are offered during school terms and 14 weeks of camp are held each year. The Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation also offers the popular Fibre Festival, which features workshops and classes.

 

Who is it?

 

KAF was founded by Fiona Rodriguez-Roberts and is home to some of the island's most talented, caring and expressive art teachers. The foundation offers a 10:1 student-teacher ratio, meaning students get the individualized attention they need.

 

Why is it important?

 

KAF makes art accessible for Bermuda children and adults who share a drive to create. Art is a great way to teach young ones about experimentation and reflection and is great visual-spatial practice. It encourages students to think visually, observe, use mental images and engage with the world around them.

 

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 Programmes

 

 KAF's art classes are available to  students beginning at the age of  18 months. Current classes  include Hands-On Art for both  preschoolers and older  students, Elemental Art, Themed  Art, which includes Fine Art  Studio, and Home School Art. If  you are looking for a different  medium or concept, KAF also  offers a Create a Class option.

 

 When it comes to camp, KAF  can't be beat. The Wonderful  World of Animals programme is  designed for children aged 4 to 6,  while the Explore the World  camp is geared towards kids  between 7 and 10. Both  programmes will run weekly

throughout July and August, from 9am to 12pm, Monday through Friday. For middle school students, Land and Sea camp is the best of both worlds. It will run weekly throughout July, from 9am to 3pm, Monday through Friday. 

 

Support

 

If you'd like to support Bermuda's Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation, donations of time and money are equally appreciated. Volunteers are always needed to assist with events, classes and camps, and donations are put to good use in support of their programmes and camps. 

 

Photo Credits: Kaleidoscope Arts Foundation Facebook Page

Posted by ChelseO
Wednesday, 24th June 2015, 02:42pm.
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