Citizenship School

For over 50 years, Appel Farm Arts and Music Center has been transforming children’s lives through the arts.  We believe the arts are an exciting and essential part of the learning process, artistic talent is innate and waiting to be developed in every person—and through growing as artists, we grow as learners, leaders, and citizens.

Appel Farm is excited to produce The Citizenship School; a three-day program  designed for schools and community groups to experience the arts while learning what makes us an important part of a vibrant part of our society. Fun and engaging, indoor and outdoor class experiences help participants learn new skills in both good citizenship and the arts.

This program follows in the footsteps of Septima Clark—who founded the citizenship schools that trained Rosa Parks and thousands of other civil rights leaders during the 1960s. At Appel Farm, we think about citizenship as creative leadership:  the ability to use creativity to take part in public life and spark change.

The Citizenship School welcomes both young people and their mentors to engage, learn, and develop skills in creative leadership.

These skills fall into three main categories:

  • Creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking:  the “four Cs”—along with the three Rs, the central 21st Century Skills.
  • Awareness of self, others, and environment:  the foundation of emotionally intelligent leadership.
    Collaborative problem solving and participation in public work:  the essence of civic engagement.

The Citizenship School has three modes; the Citizenship School for Youth, the Citizenship School for Families, and the Citizenship School for Mentors.  When taken together, The Citizenship School program brings a high level of creative leadership engagement to your schools and communities.

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