The Artists Collective's After School and Rite of Passage programs focus on the
development of life skills, school success, an understanding and appreciation of one's
culture, and development of leadership and teamwork. During 2002, more than
200 low income Black, Caribbean, and Latino Hartford youth participated two days per week
during the school year and five days per week during the summer in training workshops in the
performing and visual arts, including dance, music, drama, African percussion, and martial arts.
Public performances showcased the youth's accomplishments.
There was a consistent improvement in grades among program participants, as well as the development
of necessary skills and responsibility to themselves and their peers to enable them to
perform in public performances. Shoplifting and gang activity among the students has
decreased since the start of the programs. Half of the students are now on the honor
roll in school.
Dollie McLean, Executive Director
After School and Rite of Passage
1200 Albany Avenue
Hartford, CT 06112