Overview of the smART Program
The smART Program was created by the Vietnamese American Arts & Letters Association (VAALA) to provide FREE year-round, after-school art workshops for various organizations in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas serving under-privileged and “at-risk” youth from all backgrounds. Youth participants’ ages will range from 6 to 18 years old (Kindergarten to 12th grade). The objectives of the smART Program are to:
- Enhance creativity and self-expression
- Build confidence and self-esteem
- Develop a sense of community-orientation
- Familiarize youth to multiple art forms
- Develop a sense of art appreciation
- Expose youth to different interests/hobbies and career options
- Create opportunities for artists to serve diverse communities
Description of the smART Program
The smART Program includes, but is not limited to, workshops in the following areas: filmmaking, claymation, painting, animation, drawing, arts and crafts, photography (film and digital), T-shirt making, poetry and spoken-word. VAALA reserves the right to choose the youth organization that will be provided with the smART Program.
Youth organizations need to be non-profit, Los Angeles or Orange County-based organizations that serve children who are “at-risk” in term of having educational, economic, physical, or sociological disadvantages. Participants’ ages range from 6 to 18. The number of participants for each workshop is no less than 10 and no more than 30 participants. The smART Program is offered for a one year maximum duration. After one year, interested youth organizations need to re-apply for the program and consider ways in which they can continue collaborating with VAALA and other organizations to incorporate and sustain art education in their programs.
Interested youth organizations need to complete an application and submit it to VAALA. VAALA’s Board of Directors will review the application and choose the youth organization that will be provided with the smART Program. Once a youth organization is chosen, VAALA will invite participating artists to lead the workshop(s). VAALA’s Board of Directors and the artist(s) will then meet with the leaders of the youth organization to design the workshop (s) to fit the needs of the youth organization. The workshop may last from two to eight hours per session and may be carried out in one or multiple sessions.