Boys' Arts Express & Girls' Arts Express

Our East Village afterschool program hub is located at the Earth School, at 600 East 6th Street. The programs are open to children ages five to twelve. (Pick-up is available at neighboring schools.)

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Boys’ Arts Express and Girls’ Arts Express are parallel single-sex after school programs designed to support boys and girls in developing social and emotional skills through the spirited, active exploration of creativity and the arts. Through fun, thoughtful activities such as woodworking, 2D and 3D visual arts, storytelling, expressive movement, singing, cooking and community service projects, children learn about themselves and each other, develop a sense of community, and build a well-stocked emotional toolbox that will help them navigate the challenges of growing up without losing touch with their authentic voices.

To grow into engaged, productive adults, children must have the opportunity and the support to discover and develop their authentic selves. Societal expectations limit a child’s view of her­ or himself, at the cost of emotional vitality and creative spirit. Gender stereotypes are particularly powerful because they affect us from infancy. These programs are designed to help children transcend gender limitations and build social­-emotional skills.

All activities are tailored to meet the needs of the children participating in the programs. The emphasis is on process rather than product, with guided reflection as the most important part of each process and project.

The programs are staffed by trained facilitators who are teaching artists from a variety of disciplines and youth ­development professionals.

Days and times:

Monday – Friday 2:50 – 6:00 PM

Daily Schedule:

2:45 Guild staff pick up children at their schools

3:00 – 3:20 Arrival, opening circle, and snack

3:20 – 4:00 Outdoor play

4:00 –  4:45 Activity 1

4:45 –  5:30 Activity 2

5:30 – 6:00 Clean-up/pick-up


1 day a week for 19 weeks – $650

2 days a week for 19 weeks – $920

3 days a week for 19 weeks – $1,295

4 days a week for 19 weeks – $1,620

5 days a week for 19 weeks – $1,890

There is an additional $50 fee/semester for pick up from neighboring schools.

5% off for each additional sibling enrolled after the first child.

Scholarship information:

The Children’s Arts Guild is committed to making the program available to as many children as possible. We have a limited capacity to offer financial aid.

Program Coordinator:

Matthew Quinones

(347) 644 -0452