Fostering community: Performers Academy cultivates FSS talent

he Performers Academy, based in St. Nicholas, hosted 15 foster children from neighbor organization, Family Support Services, for a three-week Cultural Arts Camp.
The program included individualized programs for the teenage students — and helped the 16- and 17-year-olds express their own experiences through dance and music.
Each camper worked with a professional artist, dancer, actor or recording artist to develop an original piece. The performance was an artistic rendering of their life story, and the students were able to share their work in a live venue at the end of camp. Campers performed their work — including, song, dance and acting — Aug. 2 at The Museum on Art Museum Drive.
“It was amazing to see the transformation of these kids in just 3 weeks. Their attitude, self esteem and openness transformed. It was as if they had all this talent bottled up inside and we uncorked it.  It’s a testament to the benefits of the performing arts” said Executive director of the performance Academy, Kathryn D. McAvoy.
It was the first time most of the children had been exposed to art instruction, according to Performers Academy officials. The one-hour show of original material included choreographed ballet, poems, acting scenes, rap singing and digital presentations.

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