The Art League of Long Island has embarked on a partnership with the Mid Island Y Jewish Community Center in Plainview providing an after-school visual arts enrichment program for children in grades K-3. The ten-week program, led by Art League of Long Island instructor Christina Mihalatos, takes place at the Mid Island Y JCC location in Plainview from 4:15pm to 5:15pm on Mondays beginning November 1, 2021.
This ten-week art course is filled with projects and activities that will boost kids’ critical thinking habits, improve their collaborative participation, grow their creativity, and develop their communication skills through art-making, all while having fun. Children will explore their own creativity through art projects including acrylic painting, watercolor, pastels, paper crafts, drawing, clay, and more.
About the instructor: Christina Mihalatos has blended her artistic skills with her twenty years of fashion business experience in major designer brands, bringing about a perfect marriage of her two passions. Christina’s evolution into art education allowed her to introduce another element to this union and extend the range of her talent even further. Her use of authentic and eclectic skills allows Christina to challenge the boundaries of teaching – utilizing experience to tell stories, which explore the depths of her talent and expertise. Christina holds a BFA in Fashion/Apparel Design from the Parson’s School of Design and is currently completing an MA in Art Education from Adelphi University.
The Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center, established in 1956, serves Nassau and western Suffolk Counties. More than 20,000 members and patrons benefit from the valuable programs and services they offer to the community. The MIY JCC, a UJA-Federation agency, is a center for personal growth, family strength and community cohesion. The center is located at 45 Manetto Hill Road, Plainview, NY 11803. Learn more about MIY JCC at www.miyjcc.org
Established in 1955, the Dix Hills based Art League of Long Island is a not-for-profit visual arts organization whose mission is to provide a forum and showcase for artists of all ages and ability levels, whether through art education in its studios (in-person, virtual), offsite community settings, or promoting their work through exhibitions and art fairs.
In addition to partnering with the Mid-Island Y JCC, the Art League’s partnership in the Fall of 2021 with the Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills has filled their space with delighted young artists under the tutelage of Art League Instructor Jess Mann. Fall classes are now full, any details on upcoming Winter/Spring sessions will be found at www.sjjcc.org.