YMCA creative programs and classes are excellent opportunities for everyone to gain exposure to a significant aspect of our culture: the arts. Through the arts, participants experience activities that encourage self-expression and build self-esteem, develop imagination, critical thinking, and valuable social skills.
Arts programs create a better understanding of the various cultures and backgrounds that make up our community and help foster uplifting relationships. The arts are ideal in celebrating families, friends, and communities.
Arts programming enhances well-being through the promotion of self-expression, personal achievement, character and relationship building, and increased senses of inspiration, belonging, and meaning. Arts programming and arts activities are at the heart of the Y’s mission and our cause to strengthen community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility.
Arts programs at the YMCA strengthen character through the inclusion of our Core Values: Caring, Honesty, Respect, Responsibility and Faith. The arts are a fantastic way to enhance and practice the best and strongest values and parts of ourselves. Exposures to the arts develop progressive skills that help us connect and understand other people and express our ideas, while providing a unique entertainment experience.