Little Rock Students Learn Lessons About the Arts

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Music, dance, fashion design and art, just some of the classes these students are taking part in during a month long "Cultivating the Arts" program at the Willie L. Hinton Neighborhood Resource Center.

One of the volunteer teachers is local fashion designer Korto Momolu. She says this is her way to give back.

"Definitely. It's not even like working. It's what I do for a living, so to find little girls that wanna be like you, wanna be in design," she says.

And encourage that inner passion.

"We're actually going to make clothes, we're going to do jewelry, we're doing mood boards for fashion week," adds Momolu.

You can find Steve Colby usually teaching music at Bale Elementary, but this summer he is lending his vocal cords as a volunteer, and says it's much different.

“Yes, it is, it's smaller class sizes, so I really get to know these kids, this is my first time working with them and I have already learned all their names and a little bit about them," Colby says.

Like twins Caleb and Kyle, who love sports. “Basketball, football, baseball," they say. But they also enjoy singing.
The lesson this Tuesday, learning an Israeli folk song, Zoom Golly Golly (Zum Gali Gali).

Then there's learning to play instruments, everything from drums to the piano.

"You don't just get to do this. You can do singing. You can do dancing. You can do music," explains Momolu.

After the month-long experience with a variety of the arts, young artists like Caleb and Kyle, can then decide where to truly set their hearts and minds.

The Cultivating the Arts Youth Summer Camp is sponsored by the Timmons Arts Foundation.

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