Creative Experiences is a testament to the Town of Glastonbury’s commitment to promote the development of children and youth. These programs have three essential objectives:
- To offer opportunities for young people to become positively involved in the community.
- To teach social skills so that young people can effectively utilize those opportunities.
- To provide appropriate rewards to reinforce utilizing skills and opportunities.
Creative Experience Programs:
Creative Experiences Offers many after school programs for youth:
The following programs are currently offered to Glastonbury residents. Transportation for Smith Middle School students is provided from SMS to Youth and Family Services for YSAG, SOCIAL CLUB, and MAKE FOOD-EAT IT.
"DRUM CLUB" Participants learn to communicate in the language of rhythm! Drums -the oldest musical instrument- are played by people all over the world. Come together with us and experience the universal appeal and unifying power of the drum. This group is co facilitated by a professional drummer, as well as Youth and Family Services’ clinical and creative staff. No experience necessary & drums will be provided. *Held at SMS as an afternoon club* (7-8 grade)
Tuesdays: "YSAG"(Youth Service Action Group) is a fun and social way to interact, make friends, and connect with the community. YSAG puts on events like "the Haunting" and also collaborates with community groups including Friends of Welles Turner Library, The Glastonbury River Runners, Glastonbury Social Services, Glastonbury Garden Club, Hartwell Soccer, Town Center Initiative, and more, to work together to facilitate both meaningful and entertaining events and service projects to benefit residents in the town and beyond. (7-12 grade)
“ACE” (After school Creative Experiences) This group places high school students into a mentor position working with children K-5 at the Welles Village Community Center. With the guidance of Youth and Family Services staff, high school mentors assist children with homework, play games, play sports, make various arts and crafts projects, make snacks together, and chaperone field trips (past trips have included area parks, farms, adventure parks, museums, bowling, and ice skating). High school students interested in this program are required to successfully pass an application and interview process prior to serving as a mentor. (K-5 grade, 9-12 grade)
“SOCIAL CLUB” Primarily geared toward individuals who would benefit from greater social interaction with peers outside of the classroom setting. Activities are based on the choices made by the club, and include board games, field trips, nature walks, kite flying, etc. SOCIAL CLUB a great way to un-plug from the stressors of modern life and enjoy socializing with your peers.(7-12 grade)
“MAKE FOOD- EAT IT” This program is for those who love to cook, as well as those who would love to learn how. Each week we focus on creating something new; homemade pastas, soups, mac-n-cheese from scratch, desserts…the menu is subject to change with participant input. Due to the nature of this program, space is limited.(7-12 grade)
“FALL MUSICAL”This year’s fall production is the “The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee”!! This full length musical comedy will be performed on November 29th, 30th, and December 1st with a cast of 7-12th graders, and features a live orchestra. Smaller in scale than the Summer Musical, the fall musical offers an intimate opportunity for participants to explore productions written with themes in-line with an older, more mature cast.
“SPRING MUSICAL” Also referred to as the Peter Pan Players (PPP). Classic fairy tales are brought to life by an ensemble of 7-12th graders who travel to all of Glastonbury’s elementary schools, GEHMS, the Glastonbury Senior Center, and finally to GWS for a final free performance open to the public. Auditions are held the first week of the new year, with rehearsals after school throughout the winter and spring months. The PPP offer the ensemble cast an opportunity to be ambassadors of the theatrical arts; often performing to audiences experiencing their first live musical theater performance. Spring 2019 title TBD.
"SUMMER MUSICAL" The Town of Glastonbury through its department of Youth and Family Services has produced a summer musical for the past 45 years. Casting is open to individuals aged 7 years and up, with no prior theatrical experience necessary. Community members can get involved in a myriad of ways, both on off stage; we're always looking for enthusiastic assistance with set construction, painting, costuming, make up, lighting, sound design, technical crew, prop building and acquisition,promotion, pit orchestra musicians, and ushers.
To get involved in, or learn more about any of our programs, please call the Creative Experiences staff at (860) 652-7664.